A successful team is aware of its functional roles and offers mutual appreciation, openness and respect.
“I’d say we were a group of really bright people. All of us had accomplished a lot in our own projects so far and everyone had good ideas. And yet we didn’t really get going in the new constellation. Our results were always kind of OK, but we never really felt a spark.
There was always this wall that we’d hit and that kept us from the results we always imagined. Like an oven that does not catch fire properly – and no one really knew how to fire the oven any better. Basically a lot of energy got wasted.”
Team-Development for a confident Team
Individual team members are full of skills and ideas for new projects – these are necessary requirements for good results. However, the real success of a team is based on different factors: A brilliant team is aware of its functional roles and offers mutual appreciation, openness and respect. It dares to try out new things by making the best of all existing resources. This may also include dealing with dissent and personal conflicts in a transparent and constructive way.
One key factor for the well-being of a team is the so-called psychological safety. Amy Edmondson describes it as the shared belief among team members that the team is a safe space for “interpersonal risk taking” (Edmondson 19991). Taking risks may sound threatening, but is essential for healthy teams: a positive error management culture enables new learning experiences and encourages people to develop and try out different solutions. Surprising spaces for innovation emerge. Such spaces are the goal of good leadership.
Teams and adjustments
Sometimes, long-established teams undergo changes in their staff structure and task assignment. Such changes may lead to insecurity felt within teams regarding their current position within the organization. This is even more the case for dynamic work environments such as in the creative and tech industries working in an agile mode: They often thrive on the process of groups forming in a vibrant way, restructuring, dissolving and forming new groups. Such processes require a particularly high capacity for self-awareness. The sense of meaning may get lost when operational procedures and related goals seem to fit no more.
With the help of Angel Ramírez, you can support your teams in clearly defining goals, reflecting on the unspoken and putting all aspects at the service of excellence. Individually tailored formats facilitate the fruitful exchange of different personalities, motivations, experiences and competences. Teams become aware of the context in which they operate, their individual conditions for excellence and they jointly state what exactly it is they want to achieve. All of this can be playful, competitive and fun — the process led by Angel is a lively and dynamic affair. It leads to self-certitude for an active positioning within the larger corporate structure and will clear the path to really good team results.
1 Amy Edmondson: Psychological Safety and Learning Behavior in Work Teams, in: Administrative Science Quarterly, 1999
Development through Verortung.
Provide your team with space for reflection and awareness.
Angel facilitates constructive exchange and trains key competencies that ensure the success of the entire team. Away from negative friction that kills any energy, towards positive friction that will lead to excellence.