Leaders Must Reconsider their Team Approaches
Teams are more than a collection of individuals! They are a body of human interaction, to which dependency and common goals are key! The entity they form is what holds them together, one that acts as pieces of invisible string holding, pushing, yanking, pulling, smoothing on each other, bringing the cause and effect into their reality. Traditional team events have had limited success and even less impact back in the workplace for one main reason; they work with the people and do not access the relationship between the people. It’s time for leaders to re-think their approach to maximizing team synergy.
For example, a merger and acquisition is a change, one that cannot possibly work with the mentality that ‘two will become one’ as two will not want to become one, or if it does one will have more power than the other. It will live in the land of ‘who did what to whom, when’ and miss opportunity for ‘what is trying to happen’ in the any resulting friction. If the team is perceived as a set of individuals, any input will be perceived as competing opinions – certainly not a great basis for collaboration or synergy during complex changing times. Conversely, the space of the relationship will know what is a great way forward, as a relationship or system has the ability to generate, evolve and resolve. It will take any conflict as an indication of the needs of the system and the entity, not the individuals, and will focus on moving through the needs.
When the relationship is the focus of teamwork, it builds a collaborative entity beyond the individuals, whilst also creating an awareness that choice exists; herein is the key. When a relationship is at choice, it is able to take decisions collaboratively with greater interdependence and trust (and less baggage from individual experience), and become intentional and conscious about actions taken. Group coaching taps into a collaborative space, a collective consciousness, a corporate or team culture and builds what will nurture and sustain itself, regulate and correct itself, own and drive itself, feed and grow itself! What great return on investment, wouldn’t you say business leaders?