Category Archives: Team Building

Six Secrets To A Culture of Connectivity

I’ve been working with several teams this past six months that are having a tough time coming together in a unified way. It’s not that team members are purposefully going in different directions but rather there is a missing strand of connectivity. There is also an absence of camaraderie and respect for different views.

We all see this disconnect at times in our jobs. Since our workplaces are filled with so many daily interactions with different people, there is the potential to overlook the importance of meaningful connections. We see this when we work alongside colleagues to create important deliverables. We feel it when we participate in meetings to make decisions for the best direction we should take. A lack of connectivity can take place when we coach others to reach their potential as well as when we are coached to grow our own careers. A disconnect can even emerge when we make presentations to explain new concepts and trends.

Why are we sometimes missing the mark in forming connections with team members?

 To create teams that can perform at their highest levels we need to build connected relationships. We need to see how much we depend on one another to get our jobs done well.

Here are six secrets to creating a culture of connectivity:

1. Commit to building relationships with every interaction.

Every time we connect with others it is a moment of truth. That means we need to cultivate deeper relationships when we work with others. Make sure we are clear in our communication and share complete information so everyone can work with the same data. If someone has a different opinion, listen respectfully. Validate input from team members. Help each person see their value in contributing.

2. Be a trustworthy team member.

To lead in a culture of connectivity there needs to be a high level of trust amongst team members.

  • Don’t talk negatively behind people’s backs
  • Own up to your mistakes
  • Never betray a confidence shared with you
  • Showcase the strengths of others by asking them for their expertise

3. Become curious about people on your team.

When we become interested in what makes our team members tick we begin to build a deeper connection with them. In a recent program team members shared some information about their childhood that helped others understand them better. Ask questions and people will open up about who they really are.

4. Don’t be afraid of conflict.

If we really want to create a culture of connectivity we need to welcome ways to deal with healthy conflict. Healthy conflict ultimately leads to greater solutions if it is handled well.

  • Listen strategically to understand completely during team meetings
  • Don’t interrupt until your team member is finished explaining their ideas
  • Ask questions to clarify points
  • Never bully a team member to compromise
  • Try to pull different opinions together to create a larger solution

5. Follow-through on what you say you will do.

To depend on one another, team members must be reliable. That means completing your piece of the deliverable with quality in a timely manner. It also means offering your suggestions to enhance the outcome of a project if your expertise is needed. Be there for your team members when they are counting on you.

6. Lead with compassion.

Allow your heart and mind to be in sync when decisions are made and actions are taken. With one team I worked with some of the members were feeling isolated so it was essential for the others to draw them in and reach out for their input. Having concern for one another is how we connect.

What are your secrets to creating a culture of connectivity?

 Please let me know if I can help you or your team build a culture of connectivity and trust.

Six Leadership Survival Techniques When Change Hits

The merger took hold and all the departments across four offices became one unit. Leaders of all ranks folded together to create a brand new firm. Disbelief and shock began to trickle down as the employees digested what had just happened to them. The mood was one of uncertainty and confusion, as teams imagined what their place would be in the new entity. They knew it was happening yet the reality of the change had not set in completely.

I began working with one of the teams to sort out how they were coping with the merger. To get a better read on how each of these leaders was feeling I asked them about… Continue reading | 2 Comments

Five Super Bowl Strategies For Work Teams

We are ready for the biggest annual football game in the United States- the Super Bowl. Food and drinks of all crazy varieties will be served and people will gather to cheer for their favorite team. Everyone seems to have special gear to wear like tee shirts and hats that bear the name of their favorite team. Additionally, the over-the-top advertisements will be analyzed and spoken about for weeks to come. It’s kind of like a national holiday except it’s just another sports game. Or is it really something more profound than we give it credit for?

 The Super Bowl is actually all about teams and teamwork. We may view it as entertainment and… Continue reading | 6 Comments

Six Leadership Tactics To Build A Trusting And Loyal Team

Our work worlds can either energize or debilitate us. There isn’t anything more deflating than coming to work each day and feeling uncomfortable in our workplace or worrying about how our team members might respond in their daily routines. Leaders can even feel drained teaming up with a group of people on a project where there is little trust.

Working with all kinds of teams for many years I can share that the levels of trust and loyalty break down for many different reasons.

  • Sometimes things fall apart when new members are hired or long time players decide to leave.
  • Other times the workload becomes overwhelming causing loyalty to one

Four Leadership Mindsets That Rock

Leading on a small team or leading on a big team, we are often faced with challenges that we didn’t see coming. All of sudden we recognize that the direction the team is moving is totally off course. In some of my workshops leaders even feel defeated or stuck in the middle of a road with no obvious cross streets to walk down. Then the words start to fly:

“I tried that approach before and it doesn’t work.”

 “That’s impossible!”

 “It’s not our responsibility. Ask the other team.”

“No one cares or values what I am doing. I am just a cog in a wheel.”

Just like glass balls that drop and shatter… Continue reading | 6 Comments