In today’s rapidly changing, highly competitive, global marketplace, teams are forming, performing, and reforming faster than ever. Ensuring a healthy, thriving, team environment will help teams communicate more effectively, resolve conflicts and disagreements more efficiently, and make faster and better decisions – driving teams to become more agile, more resilient, and more sustainable over time.
5 considerations for Cultivating and Nurturing a strong team:1. Establish a foundation of psychological safety. One of the most important components of how well a team works together is the psychological safety of the team – the ability to be vulnerable and take risks without fear of retribution or other negative intra-team impacts. It’s the basis for developing and strengthening the bonds of trust within the ecosystem among each and every team member. It fosters a climate of open dialogue, idea generation, innovation, and agility that’s critical for teams to thrive. 2. Develop and adopt rules of engagement. Implementing good team protocols sets a critical foundation for how the team will operate and interact going forward, including how team members treat one another. Designing the team alliance helps further establish the team, build stronger relationships, and is predicated upon these key elements:
- Confidentiality that offers a safe place to work through issues
- Mutual respect where everybody’s voice counts even when they’re not in the room
- Each team member bringing their best leadership to the table while owning when they aren’t at their best without being shamed or ashamed for it