Every successful organisation depends on teams to deliver complex projects, innovative strategies and effective customer service.
If you're part of a team, what does it take to be an effective team member? How can you bring your unique strengths and experience to work in harmony with others in your organisation? And how should they work with you?
This workshop will help you consider your own team and your role within it, highlighting opportunities to adapt and improve your approach where relevant.
You'll also get the chance to look at what you need from your team and consider how to use influencing techniques to achieve it.
Google’s Project Aristotle research evaluated decades of academic research and studied hundreds of teams at Google to identify the dynamics of effective teams. Here’s what they found:
While each team is different, there are a number of common factors that go together to deliver a high level of performance.
Number one is Psychological Safety: a safe, trusting environment where team members feel comfortable and confident enough to take risks and show vulnerability without feeling insecure or embarrassed.
Next comes Dependability: you need to be able to count on your colleagues to get things done on time and to a high standard. At the same time, Autonomy is important: people in high-performing teams generally have the authority and discretion to do their best work without being micromanaged.
Hand in hand with this goes Equality: each person’s ideas build on those of others, and it doesn’t matter who contributed what. Everybody takes equal ownership of success and failure.
Structure & Clarity are both important to keep everyone on the same page and pulling in the right direction, therefore clear goals and roles are essential. Great teams are clear on everyone’s strengths, weaknesses and special skills, and recognise and celebrate the diverse personalities within the group.
A great way to achieve this is through focusing on brilliant Communication: proactive and clear communication helps team members work together effectively by eliminating misunderstandings, information gaps and duplicated effort.
Finally, and perhaps most important, comes Meaning & Impact: team members benefit greatly from a clear sense that they are working on something personally meaningful, that matters and creates change. Key to keeping a team motivated in this area is a sense of momentum, a feeling of clear progress made on important projects.
Creative Huddle partners with organisations in the UK and beyond to help their teams align on priorities, common goals, strengths & working styles.
This workshop is facilitated by James Allen, Creative Huddle's founder and lead facilitator.
Since launching Creative Huddle in 2011, James has facilitated team building workshops, events and conferences for a wide range of clients, including Google, Oracle, Marks & Spencer, American Express, ITV and P&G. He’s worked on many kinds of projects with groups of 10-1000.
James’s workshops are filled with field-tested tools and techniques to prompt and provoke participants into fruitful discussions and new ways of thinking. He’s an avid collector of tools and approaches from the worlds of facilitation, innovation, design thinking, brainstorming and decision-making, to help individuals create new ideas and collaborate effectively.
Our workshops and toolkits are great for individuals, and great for teams and organisations too.
If you have a group who would benefit from these methods and tools, you can speak to us about making a bulk order or running a bespoke workshop for your team.
Benefits of learning with your team include:
Contact us to learn more.