LinkedIn: Building Your Team

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1. How Leaders Prepare for Team Building

  • Understanding your leadership style

    • How you show up to your team matters
    • Strengthen Your leadership skills
      • Be honest with your team
      • Show who you really are
      • Use humor appropriately
      • Focus on your communication skills
  • Assessing your leadership readiness

    • Assess Your Self-Awareness
      1. Use a peronality assessment tool
        • DiSC
        • Myers-Biggs Type Indicator
        • StrengthsFinder
      2. Conduct a SWOT analysis
        • S: Strengths
        • W: Weakness
        • O: Opportunities
        • T: Threats

2. Stages of Team Development

  • Forming stage of team development

    • Clarify team purpose
    • Set ground rules
    • Team Building Exercise
      • Three common
      • One Unique
    • Key leadership skills
      • Listen actively
      • Accept differences
      • Ask open-ended questions
      • Be transparent and inclusive
  • Storming stage of team development

    • Storming stage warning signs
      • Blaming others
      • Communicating poorly
      • Accusing others of "not doing their jobs"
    • Key leadership skills
      • Adjust goal-setting
      • Tweak role responsibilities
      • Modify task completion
    • Active Communication
      • Be direct and decisive
      • Focus on the content
      • Paraphrase
      • Ensure common understanding
    • Disruption on a team can be positive
  • Norming stage of team development

    • Norming Characteristics
      • Open communication
      • Constructive feedback
      • Inside jokes
    • Solidify the gains
      1. Strengthen relationships among team members.
      2. Keep communication open
      3. Motivate team members
      4. Offer positive feedback
  • Performing stage of team development

    • Performing Characteristics
      • Team harmony
      • High productivity
      • Conflict management
      • Adaptablity
      • Individual and group development
    • Teams are objective and share constructive feedback
    • Review and Reflect
      • What discovery did you have about yourself?
      • What surprised you about the process?

3. Types of Teams

  • Understanding natural work teams and self-directed teams

    • Natural Teams
      • Focus on a common, ongoing product, process or service
    • What Natural teams need
      • Open communication
      • Personal development
      • Rewards and recognition
      • Diverse opinions
    • self-directed teams require limited or no supervision.
  • Understanding cross-functional teams

    • Cross-Functional Teams
      • When group members have a variety of experience and backgrounds working toward a common goal.
    • Advantages
      • Multiple perspectives
      • Range of skills
    • Focus on communication and conflict management
    • Make information easily understood by all team members
    • Take part in team-building avtivities like
      • Gibberish communicator
    • Address areas of conflict early on
  • Understanding virtual teams

    • Virtual teams
      • Team member with different locations, cultures, and languages
    • Tips for virtual teams
      1. Have a face-to-face meeting early if possible.
      2. Use project management software or online groups
        • Basecamp
        • Asana
        • Blog
      3. Discuss how community is formed in online games.
      4. Hold meetings to reward great work and strengthen relationships

4. Key Elements for a Team

  • Establishing team mission and goals

    • Mission statement
      • What is the team going to do?
      • How is it going to do it?
    • Create a Mission Statement
      • Encourage your team to collaborate on it
      • Ask: What is our purpose?
      • Use plain language
    • Refer to your mission statement often
  • Evaluating team performance

    • Adopt an approach of continuous team improvement
    • Plus/Delta Assessment Technique
      • Plus: What worked?
      • Delta: What can be improved?
    • Evaluating Team Performance
      • Are meetings productive?
      • Are targets met?
      • Is the team inclusive and collaborative?
    • Evaluating Individual Performance
      • Is the member cooperative?
      • Does the member contribute ideas?
      • Is the member reliable and efficient?
    • Individual Evaluation System
      • Identify objective, measurable goals
      • Develop a consistent form.
      • Create an ongoing schedule.
      • Get feedback training

5. Managing Team Meetings

  • Tips for successful team meetings

    • Running Effective Meetings
      • Start with clear objectives
        • Smart
        • Measureable
        • Achievable
        • Relevant
        • Time-bound
      • Ask if a meeting is necessary
      • Craft an agenda
        • Seek your team's input
        • Estimate time for each agenda item
        • Consider how attendees can prepare in advance
        • Assign a person to each agenda item
      • Addressing Agenda Items
        • What is the action step?
        • Who is responsible?
        • When will it be completed?
  • Engagement roles for team members

    • Roles for Team members
      • Meeting facilitator
        • Stay objective
        • Focus on outcomes
        • Keep the meeting flowing
        • Handle disruptions
      • Timekeeper
      • Scribe
        • Take notes and send them after the meeting
      • Energy manager
  • Creating a team action plan

    1. Set your team's goals
    2. Create objectives for each goal
    3. List the tasks to accomplish each objective
  • How to reach consensus on a team

    • Decision-Making process
      • Address conflict
      • Seek wide participation
      • Debate openly
      • Find agreement
    • Consensus
      • Reaching an agreement that is in the best interest of the team
    • Consensus and Successful teams
      • Inclusive
      • Collaborative
      • Cooperative