Team purpose

Written by Alistair Gordon, 31 Dec 2018

THE CHALLENGE

Sometimes, the work of an individual team can seem disconnected from the whole. And when this occurs, it makes the task of leading the team much more difficult. If your team members can’t see how their work contributes to the whole, and if they can’t differential between what’s important and matters, and what doesn’t, the team goes into performance decline.

THE CONTENT

In this pod session, you discuss and explore with your fellow podsters:

  • What a team is, and isn’t; what conditions need to be in place for it to be described as a working team?
  • The stages a team goes through as it develops, and the role of the leader in moving the team from one stage to another - we cover Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing;
  • How to manage, and make highly effective, the forming and storming stages of team development; how to cut through and resolve conflicts;
  • How to connect team goals to organisational strategy and values; how to make the work the team does meaningful and worthwhile; how to use these techniques to drive high a high performance culture.

THE PUNCHLINES

The job of a leader is to lead the team from one stage of team formation to the next, arriving as quickly as possible at Performing. A key strategy is to make sure the team understands how their work matters. Focusing the team on the stuff that matters and stopping them wasting time and energy on things that don’t leads to a highly productive work and team environment.