Well-run group challenges on a training day can get people feeling and working like a true team. Engagement, collaboration and synergy are high. If you want to anchor that team “feeling” in the workplace, deliberately connect with them as a team in the weeks following the workshop. You say that you already have weekly or bi-weekly meetings that include tactical discussions and progress reports? Perfect. Now add elements that focus on team culture and you will all reap the benefits. Here are some ideas:
- Review highlights of the training at the first team meeting after the session. Ideally this will be within a week. Ask people to bring their “Key Insights” and “Tool” cards and share one of their take-aways with the team.
- Set aside a dedicated meeting to review your team action plan or your group ‘norms’ as soon as possible.
- Set yourself a task to periodically review and revise the action plan and norms with the team. Are you doing what you said you’d do? Is it working?
- Develop a schedule to focus on one aspect of the training for 10-15 minutes at each of your upcoming team meetings. Involve others and make it fun.
- Provide regular team “forming” activities. These can be short icebreakers at the beginning of meetings where people share about themselves, informal pot-luck lunches, team celebrations or professionally-run team building events.
It takes hard work and commitment from everyone, especially the leader, to create a high performance team culture. And the rewards are great.
In the next blog we will look at things you can do to follow up as you work one-on one with people.