When it comes to teams, you know it can be either the best of times or the worst of times. Either the work goes smoothly and goals are accomplished, or it’s a bumpy ride that ends in frustration and failure.
But there are quick, simple things you can do that will increase the chance that your team succeeds.
That’s why I wrote this article for MindShift. It walks you through a simple, yet powerful, exercise to ensure that the ride is more smooth than bumpy.
In my experience, we spend little time priming teams for their work together. We spend even less time reflecting on how things are going or how they went.
That’s the beauty of this exercise. You can use it to prime teams before their work begins (that’d be ideal). Or you can use it mid-process, in order to take stock and adjust. You can also use it after the work is done, as a way to reflect and improve (and even celebrate).
I’ve provided three versions of the exercise. Each version is based on how much time you have.
Think of the exercise as a main course. You can add one or more appetizers or desserts (like a warm up activity, personal relevance activity, or historical context piece), depending on how much time you have for the meal.
Give it a try with your teams and let me know how it goes!