When teams have defined roles there is a stated commitment, and when leaders know their own weaknesses and the weaknesses of each person on our team we mitigate risk and we leverage our resources.
Quick start or strong finish – people tend to be one or both, and leaders must know each person’s strengths to make projects go faster and teams work better together. We cannot remove weaknesses, but we can work with weaknesses. There is not a need to train out bad habits or lack of skills because the need lies in defined roles. The clearer the roles are and the clearer the objective is, the better each person on a team understands how they fit and see where their contribution fits into the final result. Jessica Dewell hosts panelists Amanda Norris and Joy Guthrie to discuss productive teams.
Starting the conversation…
- Perception is everything…What does productivity mean?
- What is the first thing you do to create a design/framework for a team?
- What are your tips for adding/changing an existing team w/o losing productivity in the long term?
What You Will Hear:
The importance of relationships (and the benefits of it).
Purpose driven action creates an environment to build trust.
Tips to get to know our teams … ongoing.
Use #VBBRadio to identify blind spots (Jessica found one).
What blame is and it’s effects on teams.
Know the strengths of the team and who starts and finishes well (because they can be different people).
Ideas to make deadlines when teams habitually miss them.
Strengths and weaknesses as part of team alignment.
Usefulness is a must to workplace happiness, and what happiness looks like at work.
#TrustFirst is when leaders step up and create a space for the team to open up and build deep relationships.
It is bold to look for and build productive teams.
Notable & Quotable:
Joy Guthrie: A team has to have commitment.
Amanda Norris: Talk to each person to learn perspectives that make up the team.
Jessica Dewell: Blame is the death of a team.
Joy Guthrie: Not committed? It sounds like, “This happened and because of …”
Jessica Dewell: Recognize that everyone will have their own reasons and ways they participate in a group.
Amanda Norris: Have defined roles and know who is ultimately responsible for it.
Jessica Dewell: Teams that always miss deadlines reflect the ability of the leader to use the strengths of the teams to meet deadlines.
Joy Guthrie: Have each person put their name next to tasks and agree to them.
Jessica Dewell: Our team is only as good as knowing what the weaknesses are for each person on the team.
Amanda Norris: As I get to know a group, I know what they love and let them drive initiatives that excite them.
Jessica Dewell: There is a difference between happiness with [a bowl of M&Ms] and happiness because we are using our skills to be useful.
Amanda Norris: I am happiest when I am working on a project that I am passionate about.
Joy Guthrie: There are many different ways to be happy at work.
Joy Guthrie: If you can’t be open with your team, they won’t be open with you.
Amanda Norris: The dynamics of every team are different, and it requires constant evaluation.
- Task tools to support communication: Google Docs, Slack, and similar.
- Reference to Susan Matza, Random Acts of Leadership
Tags: trust, communication, team, commitment, purpose, flexibility, questions, Golden Rule, productive, blame, empowerment, risk, resources, strengths, usefulness