Category Archives: Team Dynamics

Highlighting Insecurity

If you are managing insecure people, effective team communication will highlight that insecurity. The good news is that highlight may spark some crucial conversations which will allow you to move forward. This may result in a new opportunity to connect and work as a team but more likely, the consistent practice of team communication will document and

Read More

Team Killer

Insecurity is a team killer and it can be present on both sides of a management dynamic. The insecure manager will not trust anyone enough to fully empower them. Those who are insecure and under management will never trust the authority they are under and will likely be suspicious of any mechanism that feels like it will

Read More

Effective Team Communication

Effective team communication is a tool meant to enhance each teammate’s ability to better serve the team and systems they are responsible for. This tool can be misused by those who are prone to micromanaging others. Effective communication should not be designed to be a big brother-like tool to “keep tabs” on others. It’s meant to facilitate

Read More

Trophies and Unicorns

Teams that are not unified never understand the benefits of unity because they have never been emotionally healthy enough to achieve it. It’s sad to think that so much insecurity can limit so much potential but that is exactly what happens when a team does not trust each other enough to move forward without questioning motives and

Read More

The Bliss of Unity

There is nothing better for a team than unity. Being unified is rare because of egos and insecurities. However, when a team can develop to the point of trust and mutual respect, the sky truly is the limit. They can almost communicate without words because they are on the same page. There is no questioning of motives

Read More

Too Brittle

Teams must understand that the dynamic makes or breaks a team. Teammates do not have to like each other but they must respect each other. Respect is the foundation for any relationship. Respect doesn’t have to result in fond feelings for there to be a solid working rapport. Many people are too immature or insecure to respect

Read More

Don’t Keep the Honest Ones

There is a consequence to running off those who express unpopular opinions or ideas. They may not be as contrarian as they seem. They may just care enough to speak up when something seems contrary to what they perceive as a path forward. Without that voice, the team loses a measure of accountability. When a team doesn’t

Read More

Keep the Honest Ones

Great teammates are honest. It is vitally important for a team dynamic to depend on the word of those on the team. People who mean what they say and say what they mean are rare and when you find them, make sure they stay on your team. Honest people are not always valued like they should be

Read More

Overlap

Great teammates know their limits and liabilities. No one is great at everything and a great teammate understands why they need to partner with other teammates. Ordinary teammates tend to be insecure about their shortcomings and pretend to not need anyone else. This is the antithesis of the concept of being on a team. Teams need each

Read More

Using a Different Standard

How can you trust new people? Think back to the first moment you were trusted to join a team. You were new. You were given responsibility you shouldn’t have been trusted with by some measures. However you were trustworthy and after doing your job, you proved that trust was not misplaced. Don’t find reasons to exclude others

Read More