TEAMING IN TURBULENT TIMES
One of my loves is rafting and part of what I like about it is that everyone needs to work as a team, everyone plays an important role and everyone is in tune with what their team mates are doing. If someone isn’t doing their job, others speak up. After you’ve shot a series of rapids, there’s a sense of shared accomplishment.
How might we make team dynamics more like a rafting experience? Perhaps when we gather for meetings, we’d be clear about what we’re trying to accomplish and what each person’s role will be. Perhaps we’d be more fully engaged in the conversation and aware of the support others might need. Are we willing to get out of comfort zones and be vulnerable with each other? We definitely wouldn’t be reading and replying to emails!
A church leader recently said to me, “I just try to get my work done in spite of our lousy meetings and lack of teamwork.” When I asked him why he puts up with the current situation he said, “I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes.”
Our willingness to accept counterproductive behavior and our unwillingness to “step on toes” are examples of what I call “enemies of excellence” that often permeate our teams. I think it’s time to raise the bar on we how we team together in the future.
What are some “enemies of excellence” that you experience within your team settings? What are you willing to do in the future to build better teams?