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How to establish good team climate...

We know we can’t control the emotional state of others but we can definitely influence them by creating the right thinking environment and developing our own leadership behaviours in support.  We have already looked at how, as leaders, we can create generative thinking by designing the best climate for thinking in the team. But leading a great team event is a particularly strong challenge. Leaders also need to look at themselves and consider whether they behave in the best possible way to create a positive climate in the team. 

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Key elements to successful team events

A friend of mine once told me that “people only change behaviour when they win” and I do believe there is truth in that.  It is so easy to give up trying something new if at first you don’t succeed.  Neuroscience tells us that it take 10,000 practices to form a new habit, allowing the old habit to slowly die.  So how can positive change work in groups where each person has to believe they can win before committing to change? Each person will have their own fears and insecurities and will potentially avoid changing the way they do things, so galvanising a group becomes more difficult. The leader’s role and their role modelling are pivotal to changing a group’s thinking and attitude.

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How to run great team events

We have all had that Eureka moment when running team events, that moment when they ‘get it’. It’s a brilliant feeling for the person running the event, at that moment in time we see the energies fuse and the participants serious about making the event a success. It’s a great thing to experience.

Events are sometimes held for ‘team building’ reasons, which is really all about enabling people to feel comfortable with each other. The best events in my opinion though, are those which have a clear purpose and targeted output. In other words, the team builds a solution to something which gives a direct benefit to the business.

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Motivational team events

Prior to running a team day or three, it's worth knowing a little bit about motivation. The psychology is very interesting as we endeavour to run motivational team events.

Daniel Pink has conducted some fascinating studies indicating that (surprise surprise) its not all about money. People are strongly motivated by three key factors: Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose. So to get a great team event going, to hold an event with a great buzz, maybe it's worth thinking about these three factors.

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Tools to help teams to solve business problems

In today’s world, we have to think quicker, be sharper, and take action quickly to be ahead of the game.  The pressure for high performance has never been greater and change is relentless. What can happen too often is that the first decision is the one that gets implemented due to expediency.

But how often do you reflect on decisions that have been poorly made?  Problem solving team events that result in great decisions are quite scarce. If you had had more time would you have come up with some better alternatives?  Why don’t people speak up or moan when problems are not solved with their input and decisions are made without their input?

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High impact team events for our organisations

We have all seen it many times. Everyone is present in body, but we haven’t necessarily got their full attention or commitment.

Running powerful team events can be a game changer for the business, and every manager aspires to hold team events which deliver committed and ongoing change. From a board strategy meeting right through to a local ideas group, the aspiration is always that everyone attending offers their full intellectual capability to help solve problems, identify opportunities, and build solutions.

But hand on heart how often does this happen? How often do we run high impact team events which deliver well, but not quite as well as they could? What is it that separates great team events from average ones?

 
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Leading a great team event

We know we can’t control the emotional state of others but we can definitely influence them by creating the right thinking environment and developing our own leadership behaviours in support.  We have already looked at how, as leaders, we can create generative thinking by designing the best climate for thinking in the team. But leading a great team event is a particularly strong challenge. Leaders also need to look at themselves and consider whether they behave in the best possible way to create a positive climate in the team.

Employee surveys provide a rich source of leadership feedback and a snapshot of the current culture.  I have used these surveys during leadership programmes to explore the real engagement in the team and what the team is telling their leader. This analysis raises important questions:

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High impact team events

A friend of mine told me once that “people only change behaviour when they win” and I do believe there is truth in that.  It is so easy to give up trying something new if at first you don’t succeed.  Neuroscience tells us that it take 10,000 practices to form a new habit, allowing the old habit to slowly die.  So how can positive change work in groups where each person has to believe they can win before committing to change? Each person will have their own fears and insecurities and will potentially avoid changing the way they do things, so galvanising a group becomes more difficult. The leader’s role and their role modelling are pivotal to changing a group’s thinking and attitude.

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