Answer these 14 Questions for More Effective Team Development

imagesAnytime is a good time for team development, but with kids going back to school, schedules returning to some sense of predictability, weather getting a little cooler, and first of the year new hires now fully acclimated to their roles, this can be a great time to bring your team together to get them more fully engaged and focused on bringing in the year as you have planned.

I have designed and facilitated literally hundreds of team development sessions and always find them energizing.  They have ranged from half day classroom sessions, and Ropes course programs, to the more adventurous programs like the Wyoming Cattle Drive, the Search and Rescue experience on a three thousand acre Ranch, the Gettysburg Battlefield experience in strategy and communication, or The Johnson Space Center experience in innovation and execution, to name a few.  They are energizing because good programs require clarity of purpose and the engagement of every team member.  Regardless of the program envisioned you should expect it to help you answer the following kinds of questions:

  1. How do we get every team member fully focused on our team’s Mission and Purpose?
  2. What does a High Performing Team truly look and act like?
  3. What will it take for us to get to the highest levels of performance?
  4. What impact does a new team member have on our team dynamics?
  5. Is there a way for us to accelerate team formation when we bring on a new team members or take on new projects?
  6. What actions can team members take to gain complete trust and confidence in one another?
  7. How do our personality differences impact our interaction and effectiveness?
  8. How do we get the most out of our differences and disagreements without stalling our progress?
  9. What is the team leader’s role in building and facilitating high performing teams?
  10. How does the team or team leader handle a consistently poor performer?
  11. What can a team do about a team member with a negative attitude?
  12. How can we get past petty, nit-picking that frequently infects teams?
  13. How can we measure our success?
  14. How can I ensure that the dollars spent on team development is not just fun and games, but will deliver results?

In addition to answering these questions, a good program should also result in behavioral commitments and a process of accountability that will increase the likelihood of higher performance and productivity from your team.  Using these questions and approaching your discussions with these expectations is likely to result in your best team development yet.  Good luck as you help your team get re-energized and refocused.

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