Monthly Archives: May 2014

House Rules

Every house has a set of “house rules” that are designed to protect those that live in the house. Every team has a set of rules that are both spoken and unspoken. It shapes the culture and helps make sure the environment is somewhat predictable. When a team clearly communicates “when this happens, this is what you

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Consistency Is Safety

A team environment that is in constant transition will be filled with constant anxiety and fear. When routines cannot be established and the only thing that is predictable is unpredictability, the team has to spend a lot of energy adjusting to the ever-shifting topography. A safe team environment respects the need for a well thought out transition.

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Honesty and Safety

Honesty is rare because honesty is scary. Everything is scary the first time you face it but it tends to lose it’s edge after you experience it repeatedly. This is because honesty can be unpredictable. How will a person on the team use honesty? Will they bash, label, and humiliate me in front of everyone? How will

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How to be Honest…

Honesty requires a cultivated relationship. Teammates learn how to be honest with each individual on the team. It takes time, intention, and commitment. It’s easy to lie to ourselves and others in order to keep the peace. That peace is false and is nothing compared to the peace a team enjoys when they can work with people

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A healthy team is an honest team. Teammates that are honest with each other will go home everyday without wondering where they stand. That creates a safe team dynamic that is both predictable and consistent. That sense of safety creates an energy-efficient environment free from worry and speculation.

Safe People

A team should be the safest place to be. Teams that work together for a long period of time should develop healthy working relationships that can turn into friendships. As we learn to anticipate each other, we begin to move together with more efficient communication. Thought processes begin to be shared as the team learns through shared

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There is an education that begins when a new person joins the team. The new team member has to learn the culture of his new team and the personalities of his new teammates. The team has to learn who the new teammate is and how that person will fit in with everyone else. The education is a

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Learning Each Other

Teams that work together for a long period of time should communicate better. A safe and honest environment will produce a team that learns how to work together at a better rate than a dysfunctional team. Healthy teams will learn the nuances of personalities and probable reactions to circumstances. Learning how to adjust for each other results

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A safe environment gives life and freedom to any family or team. We all desired a certain level of predictability in our lives. This allows us to spend previous bandwidth on moving forward. Everything else is just surviving. We thrive in familiar environments. Familiarity in three areas helps a team focus on moving forward: 1) People 2)

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“Get To” or “Got To”

Team motivation is as important as anything in a team dynamic. “Why” a team does something is as important to “what” a team does. People join a team because they want to be a part of what the team stands for. Team motivation is negatively affected over time as the actions of a team drift off the

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