Leading process consultant Edgar Schein describes what makes for effective teamwork. He believes the elements are:
- a shared common focus.
- a culture in which everyone is able to contribute and is “listened to” equally.
- an environment in which feelings can be freely expressed.
- an expectation that all aspects of issues will be canvassed.
- shared decision making i.e. no single person is relied upon to make decisions.
- a culture which invites people to be extremely candid.
- a creative membership open to new ideas.
- a perception that activity is effortless.
If you are wanting a high performing team, challenge yourself against the above eight points.
ACTION: Ask yourself whether these are characteristics of your team?
- If so, how can you ensure they continue?
- If not, what can you do to bring more of them into your team?