The Five Behaviours of a Cohesive Team™
The Five Behaviours of a Cohesive Team™ has a simple goal: To facilitate a learning experience that helps professionals and their organisations discover what it takes to build a truly cohesive and effective team.
BUILDING THE FOUNDATION OF A COHESIVE TEAM
Trust can only happen when team members are willing to be completely vulnerable with one another. There is confidence among team members that their peers’ intentions are good and that there is no reason to be protective or careful around each other.
EMBRACING HEALTHY CONFLICT IS POSSIBLE WITH TRUST
Even though many of us may naturally try to avoid conflict at work, by doing so, we’re missing out on the kind of passionate debates that are essential to any great team. All lasting relationships require productive conflict in order to grow.
BUYING IN ON DECISIONS DESPITE INITIAL DISAGREEMENTS
In the context of a cohesive team, commitment is clarity around decisions, and the ability to move forward with complete buy-in from every member of the team – including those who initially disagreed with the decision. Great teams understand they must be able to commit even when the outcome is uncertain and not everyone initially agrees.
CALLING OUT PEERS ON BEHAVIORS THAT MIGHT HURT THE TEAM
It’s not uncommon for people to be unwilling to tolerate the interpersonal discomfort that accompanies calling out a peer on his or her behavior, preferring to avoid difficult conversations. Effective teams overcome these natural inclinations, opting instead to ‘enter the danger’ with one another.
STAYING ACCOUNTABLE AND FOCUSED ON COLLECTIVE RESULTS
The ultimate goal of encouraging trust, healthy conflict, commitment, and accountability is to achieve results. And yet, as it turns out, one of the greatest challenges to team success is the inattention to outcome-based results.
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