Where to start looking
when you want to move forward
Here it is in a nutshell.
The major areas to look for in team assessment are as follows:
- Openness of Conflict
- Effective Leadership Styles
Each factor is described below. Use the descriptions for an initial team assessment — learn where your team performs and where they fall short.
Team Development Assessment
How high-performing is your team?
Although this is not a scientific evaluation of your team, it will give you an initial sense as to your potential as a team, and how far you need to develop! And team assessment should be ongoing.
1) Openness of conflict
Look at the difference between the following two conflict management statements “Oh, that’s okay, let’s not worry about it”
2) Effective Leadership Styles
Here’s a quick test. After a team meeting, is the “real” meeting taking place in the hallways and offices, after the actual meeting? Is there a hubbub among sub-sets of the team (aka cliques)? Why don’t these comments come out during the team interactions?
(you know the answer) And as you know, this in turn affects communications, accountability, decision-making, and finally results.
Oh yeah, it also depresses morale.
Do team members feel comfortable articulating their weaknesses and concerns during a team meeting? Instead of defensiveness and negativity, do you hear admittance of vulnerabilities, and a effort to see the good of the team over the good of the individual. See the Trust Link for more on this complicated indicator.
Does your team get caught up in an outdated goal plan because “it seemed like a good idea at the time?” Are they stuck in an quagmire of inefficient tasks? That may be somewhat over-dramatized … so for this characteristic, let’s just say they are not readily adaptable.
Is that top-notch team of yours always looking at the present state, comparing it with the preferred state, and jumping on activities to make change happen? That’s what I’m talkin’ about! They are on the ball. I love it. By the way, this usually requires some key mechanisms in place. Sign up for my monthly tip if you want some ideas for this.
From here, map out the best and the worst of the team assessment. Some areas may be painful to admit. That is good. It indicates a recognition of present state. That pain will lead to growth.
This map of the good, the bad, and the ugly ties to specific training and growth needs, skills, techniques, strategies that teams can take to start seeing progress beyond today.
Tons of training options are out there. New on the scene is team coaching. Much like tailored consulting, team coaching drills down to your team needs immediately. You will want a training session or a team coaching that is specific to your team’s needs.
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