To build and sustain high-performance teamwork, you need a plan. Not just any plan. A practical, real-world and customized team building plan.
Play close attention. You are about to receive the shortest and most practical workplace team building plan in world history. It’s these seven words:
- Work Agreements
- Team Operating System
- Right-Minded Teammates
For three decades, I have seen teams like yours use these three interconnected team building activities that make up a practical, real-world and customized team building plan called Right-Minded Teamwork.
If these team activities were a car, it would probably be easy to think of…
- Work Agreements as the engine of your car
- Team Operating Systems as the frame and body and
- Right-Minded Teammates as the fuel and driver.
They are the means for building Right-Minded Teamwork. They are best implemented over a four month period and then repeated as needed.
Click on the tabs below to learn more about each one.
Speaking of cars, do you remember the first time you drove a car?
Pretty scary, right? Well, team building facilitation can be scary too, but now that you have this practical team building plan in your pocket, you can drive that fear right out of your mind! And if you take and make good use of the skills taught in my free online “How to Design a Right-Minded Team Building Workshop” you will let go of your facilitation fear forever! All you need to do is enter your email address in the form below, and the course, along with updates, will be on their way to your inbox.
Practical Team Building Implementation Plan.
1. In the first workshop — month one, the team creates one or two Work Agreements that address several pressing teamwork issues. This is an “early win” strategy where the team resolves important issues like roles and responsibility disagreements or poor communication habits. Teammates are motivated at the end of this workshop because they now have evidence that team building will work for their team.
2. In the second workshop — month two, teammates take an honest look at their team operations. They discuss and agree how to eliminate wasted team effort as well as how they will more effectively carry out their team operations. Teammates are even more motivated at the end of this workshop because, again, they have evidence that team building is working.
3. In the third workshop — month three or four, teammates look honestly at themselves by asking “what can each teammate do, today, to improve their individual and their collaborative performance?” The first time your team does this workshop, just go for simple, easy and legitimate improvements. In subsequent workshops, teammates can address more complex performance issues. Teammate motivation grows even more because it is now safer to challenge yourself and your fellow teammates to achieve more.
4. Repeat steps one to three. And, after your team repeats steps one to three several times, I guarantee you that your team will create and sustain Right-Minded Teamwork.
Makes sense, right?
RMT Implementation Plan for Existing Teams
In closing, your plan must align and leverage your teammate’s strengths into one unified team to ensure you meet or even exceed customer expectations. Too often, well-meaning team leaders don’t properly plan. That is why it is your responsibility, using your best communication skill, to persuade your team leader to not waste their energy, which of course, would be downright silly and worthless.
Instead, gently remind the leader that the kind of real-world teamwork your team leader truly wants doesn’t just happen. It takes effort. Both of you know that, and the good news is that building and sustaining high-performance teamwork is much easier when you two create and implement a practical and customized plan.
It’s not always easy, but I know you can do it because deep down inside I know, and you know it’s the right approach.
Now, if there are no questions, get in touch with your team leader and create your next Right-Minded Teamwork plan! 🙂
To Your Success, Dan