I am sure that you are much wiser than me and never had to learn that painful lesson in such dramatic fashion. And yet, most of us fail to apply that lesson to other areas of life. Periodic maintenance is important to our health, our relationships, our team functioning, and so many more areas of life.
Team MaintenanceSo, let me ask, have you and your team sat down lately for a check up? Have you taken time in a meeting to honestly to talk to one another about how things are going? If not, you might be headed for a similarly expensive lesson to my car fiasco from my youth. Let me suggest the following:
- Schedule a “team process” meeting and give yourselves enough time to work through issues.
- At the outset, invite the team to build a list of obstacles in the way of optimal team performance.
- As a leader, be the first to suggest what you, personally, could do better. It is imperative that you, as the leader, need to model humility and openness if you want your team to do likewise.
- After you have your list of team performance issues, pick one and try to solve it together. You are hoping to create a little momentum here. In so doing, you will increase psychological safety and enhance team bonding.
- Watch the body language of the individuals carefully. If there is too much silence or a lot of staring at the ceiling, you may have bigger issues than you knew about.
- If things have been particularly uncomfortable amidst your team lately, then likely you have less psychological safety than you should. In such cases, consider engaging a neutral third-party to facilitate the session.