Team Building Mingle Think about a team that you’ve been a part of - either from your personal or professional life. In your experience, what’s been the best thing about working in a team? What’s been the most challenging? Learning Objectives • Describe the importance of effectively functioning teams as an essential element to successful public health programs. • Describe how to create more effective working relationships among team members. • Create positive and productive team agreements and norms. • Select specific skills and tools when creating alignment within diverse teams. • Choose effective responses to resolve common problem behaviors present in teams Definitions • A team can be defined as two or more people coming together to accomplish a specific task. Examples: – Project teams – Coalitions – Management teams Opportunities - Teams • • • • • • Leverage diversity Harness individual knowledge/wisdom Increase participation Gain organizational buy-in Generate more creative responses/solutions Can be more productive Common Team Challenges • • • • • • Don’t measure up to potential Problem behaviors Lack of clarity/shared accountability for goals Ineffective decision making Poor implementation and follow through Lack empowerment and organizational support Team Strengths Source: Team Diagnostic International • • • • • • • Relationships Camaraderie Communication Constructive Interaction Optimism Respect Trust Values Diversity • • • • • • • Results Accountability Alignment Decision Making Goals & Strategies Proactive Resources Team Leadership Methods for Building Effective Teams • • • • Team assessment Team design Creating alignment Working with problem behaviors Team Assessment and Design • What might you want to assess about a team? How might you assess an existing or new team? • What might you want to know in order to design positive and productive working relationships within a team? • What would you want to explicitly design with a team? Assessment: What? • Team structure, members, history • Results strengths: accountability, alignment, decision making, goals and strategies, ability to be proactive, resources, team leadership • Relationships strengths: camaraderie, communication, constructive interaction, optimism, respect, trust, values diversity Assessment: How? • Interviews • Surveys • Review of existing team materials (agendas, minutes, ground rules, products) • Observation Potential Questions • • • • • • • • • • • • Strengths/challenges of team Priorities/goals of team Roles/responsibilities Ground rules Decision making process Meeting structure, minutes, agenda Leadership Resources Means of rewarding achievement/success How team functions under stress Vision of team What team is tolerating Design/Planning • • • • Priorities/goals/vision of team Team agreements/ground rules Roles/responsibilities/leadership Decision making process/accountability Antidotes for Common Team Problem Behaviors • Notice your own patterns. • Call behaviors when you see them. • Look for the request behind the complaint. • Don’t make it/take it personally. • Build positivity within the team.