The need to build effective teams is increasing and the available time to do so is decreasing. How do you increase team effectiveness in a climate of rapid change with limited resources? Here is an excellent teambuilding exercise developed by Marshall Goldsmith (Goldsmith, 1998).
This exercise requires team members to courageously:
- ask for feedback,
- be disciplined in developing a behavioral change strategy,
- follow up, and
- “stick with it.”
To implement this process, the coach directs the team leader to facilitate rather than be the boss. Members should develop their own behavioral changes, rather than have them imposed upon them.
- Begin by asking each member of the team to confidentially answer two questions:
- On a scale of 1 to 10, how well are we working together as a team?
- On a scale of 1 to 10, how well do we need to be working together as a team?
- Ask the team, “If every team member could change two key behaviors which would help us close the gap between where we are and where we want to be, which two behaviors should we try to change?” Prioritize the behaviors and determine the two most important behaviors to change for all team members.
- Ask team members to also choose two behaviors for personal change that will help close the gap. Then request that they ask for brief progress reports from each other monthly. Progress can be charted. Results have clearly shown that if team members have regularly followed up with their colleagues, they will invariably be seen as increasing their effectiveness in their selected individual”areas for improvement.” The process works because it encourages team members to primarily focus on changing their own behaviors.