Does Your Team Take Its Own Temperature?
Six Ways Teams Can Assess Its Performance
These days about 70% of all product and output is done by teams. This translates to meetings and even more meetings to plan, strategize, execute and evaluate. These meetings are necessarily the grist of an effective workgroup.
But here's a meeting topic that your team may not be covering -
What is meant by taking a team's temperature? It's a single focus meeting where the
team confines its discussion to assessing how it is performing as a team -
Here are 6 things you can put into place to help your team take its temperature.
1. Hold regular "Team Temperature Meetings"
Again, these meetings have nothing on the agenda beyond just assessing the performance
of the team. Perhaps you'll want to hold them monthly or bi-
Ask the group open-
3. Brainstorm ways to improve
What are some suggested solutions for overcoming identified obstacles? Spend time brainstorming better methods for working on your projects. Brainstorm better ways of arriving at goals. Brainstorm everything and anything that focuses on improving the process. Ramp up the energy. Be willing to entertain even outlandish ideas so that great ideas have a chance to be heard.
4. Encourage rather than suppress criticism and dissent
Criticism ought to be an accepted part of the process. It should feel routine and
comfortable. The criticism has a constructive theme -
5. Create an atmosphere of full participation
It's important to stay relaxed and informal and get full participation from the team. Every idea for change and finding a workable solution ought to get a hearing. Be sure to call on everyone to either make a contribution or to get their opinion on the current topic. It's important that all team members understand that they are critical to the team's success.
6. Be "Team Accountable"
I have an ad agency client that has created an entire wall in their offices dedicated
to the theme of their exceptional collaboration and teamwork. They have posted pertinent
quotes, photos and sundry items that trigger their commitment to continue to work
well with each other. Whatever gets decided upon as action steps at your team temperature
meetings, be sure to add an accountability component -
You may want to utilize a team coach or facilitator to work with your group on a periodic basis. The focus would be simply on the improvement of team skills through practice. The best sports teams practice all the time. And, they all have coaches. Why not give it a try?
The team's conscientious and disciplined approach to diagnosing its own performance
ought to become routine -
Regularly taking the team's temperature can serve to make the larger, more complicated
projects that come along that much easier to handle. The team members will feel more
happily glued to the organization. The culture will shift to honoring quality team
By Jeff Blum, Lead Facilitator at The TeamBuilding Co.
Copyright 2012 Jeff Blum. All rights reserved.