Team Building…What’s in it for Me?

on Feb 16 in employees tagged by

Wouldn’t it be great if teams emerged fully formed and functioning at peak performance? Ah, that’s the dream, but in reality, every team begins as a group of babies who must learn to walk and talk together. After considerable learning and growing, the team gets clear about its identity and mission. Feeling rather pleased with the progress they have made, the awkward teenage years set in—full of angst, conflicts, misunderstandings, and upsets. This is a rough time for the team, its leader, and often the organization. Eventually, some lucky teams grow up and experience the pleasures of camaraderie, efficiency, effectiveness, esprit de corps, and high productivity.

Many leaders have been a member of a “grown up” team and clearly recognize the benefits to the organization as well as the individual members. They want their teams to be fully formed and functioning at peak performance; yet often they are not and the leader is not certain what to do to get them there. As a matter of fact, some teams live as babies or teenagers the entire time the team exists; they never grow up. This is why leaders look for help and this is why teambuilding is a popular activity.

Teams have predictable stages of development and predictable behaviors at each stage. Discerning where the team is in its development and what it needs to grow, requires a significant knowledge of people, interpersonal relationships, group dynamics and development as well as diagnostic, conflict resolution, and intervention skills. Whatever the team need—a new team forming, a team in conflict or struggling, a wish to improve communication, a desire to move to the next level, a team in crisis, or another organizational event – teambuilding can improve the team.

Because Personalysis deals with real data and real issues, its applications automatically customize to the needs of the group. It provides each team member a graphic, non-judgmental, descriptive way to understand what motivates, excites, and upsets every person on the team. In addition, the explicit requirements for gaining cooperation, developing trust, and avoiding non-productive behaviors for each member is obvious. Personalysis can be used not only to recognize specific behaviors, but to develop strategies for dealing with negative behaviors. This empowers and enables team members to address differences, conflicts, and upsets in a productive manner. Through applying the information unique to each team member, the entire team can grow together and manage the pain of growth with minimal damage—accelerating the team’s development and minimizing the time it takes.

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