Are your “problem solving meetings” causing problems? (you are not alone …)
Within your teams, do you notice:
- conflicting goals
- unclear expectations
- expected results not being achieved
- inability for your organization to deliver its products, promises or mission as needed?
These are symptoms of an unhealthy and dysfunctional team, whose members are undoubtedly individually as well as collectively, frustrated and discouraged. To avoid these harmful effects, you need to be proactive about improving team performance. And even when a team is meeting its objectives, there's often room for improvement.
When we talk about teams, by the way, we are talking about people who are supposed to be all aligned and headed toward a common goal or outcome, such as the completion of a particular project, the start of a new business unit or the closing of quarterly sales efforts (as opposed to a group, in which people come together with a common interest but do not have the same goal in mind. For example, a group of people may come together to be coached on effective leadership, but each individual has their own final goals to which they would apply their new skills to.)
Whether it's a team of managers, a project team or a functional team, people get most done when they work together effectively. Therefore, when members of a team don't work well together, performance and productivity usually suffer. That's not good for anyone, and it certainly isn’t good for your bottom-line.
Organizational development research indicates that only one in five teams is high-performing.
So how can you help your team improve?
With good team coaching, you can take your team to the next level. It's obviously a valuable activity, and it's an essential management and leadership tool.
- helps people understand how to work better with others
- Is an effective method for showing teams how to reduce conflict and improve their working relationships
- Is one of the premier ways of developing leadership skills amongst team members.
- is a process that involves a small group working on real problems, taking action, and learning as individuals, as a team, and as an organization. It helps organizations develop creative, flexible and successful strategies to pressing problems.
- solves problems and develops leaders simultaneously because its simple rules force participants to think critically and work collaboratively.
- participants become effective leaders as they solve difficult problems.
- positions inquiry at the core of organizational behavior, develops critical thinking and creates mutual respect among employees at all levels. The focus on inquiry elevates the group interaction to a true learning environment.
The Action Learning coach assists group members to reflect, not on their problem solving, but on the elevation of their group functioning and on examples of their leadership skills.
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