Examples of Team Development
Within the first month, I took each member out to lunch at a restaurant of their choice. I used my active listening skills to explore the following questions:
- When do you come alive in your work? When are you thriving?
- What are your biggest motivators and stressors right now?
- What are your hopes for this team and our growth?
Within the first month, I had a half-day, off-site team meeting that was intended to be fun and allow time for conversation. We spent 3 hours paddle boarding down a local river. I asked the team to briefly share their life story and what they are passionate about when it comes to their work.
I established a check-in rhythm of meeting weekly as a team and monthly for one-on-ones. We report out on what was accomplished the week prior, our objectives for the week ahead, and what support we will need from others.
As much as possible, I assign work based on the unique passions and skill set of each team member.
I emphasize our core purpose and values at the beginning of each team meeting and restate our role as individuals and a team in working towards them.
In the coming year, we have two team retreats scheduled. One to focus primarily on the team’s purpose and developing our team community. The second, a development retreat to grow in a common role-specific skill.
I had a 360° leadership assessment completed and followed up individually over lunch with each team member to share my discoveries, learnings and action steps.
I call out the accomplishments of my team and celebrate the work they have done. I also encourage them to do the same with one another.
Hopefully these ideas can prime the pump for you and your leadership. Whether you are a first-time team leader like myself, or a seasoned vet, I encourage you to lead in a way that accomplishes the team’s purpose and fulfills its people.
I firmly believe a team leader’s role is to “Lower the mountains and raise the valleys,” to make as clear a way forward as possible.
Use your authority and influence to serve and enrich your team. Go on, I dare you. See what happens.