How to Build a Team That Won't Self-Destruct

How to Build a Team That Won't Self-Destruct

The following article by Mark Dio and Associates explores how to build a team that won’t self-destruct.

How do you build a team that won’t self-destruct? Team building interventions act as a mirror to reflect the current reality for a leader of teams and for the teams themselves. When team building is facilitated in partnership with Mark Dio & Associates, they can mirror and reflect, both to the leaders and the participants, the opportunities for self and team development as well as the potential risks that could hamper the growth.

Mark Dio & Associates have developed a range of team building interventions that provide the opportunity for both reflection and connection to future possibilities when empowered with a workplace that is supportive of the team’s growth through self development.

When team building is facilitated in partnership with Mark Dio & Associates, the team building intervention can address: A team that is stuck in a rut of negativity can be encouraged to think and talk about what they want to create. They can bring themselves out of a malaise into a place where they move forward. What happens when a team is not functioning? Does the team leader have confidence in them? How does the team leader communicate with the team?

For example, when team members are expected to give their honest feedback on the work of others while they themselves receive no such honest feedback, it can create conflict and reactivity. It can also make people anxious and create a great deal of stress. So, in this case, team-building exercises are easily indicated. Conversely, when team members are too reserved about giving others honest feedback, the leader may have to be the one who pushes for it to occur.

One of the most important roles of a leader is to protect people and ensure the team is on a path to success. The self-reflection that team building interventions bring about can reveal a very different picture for some leaders and teams than what they might perceive in the moment. Team building, when facilitated correctly, can reveal underlying issues that need to be addressed in order to keep a team from falling apart.

Our interventions highlight the skills needed for effective team membership, which include:

  1. Influence – Being able to motivate and empower your team members is critical, but power must never be used to cause harm to another team member.
  2. Communication – Being able to communicate effectively and accurately, while also listening to and understanding others.
  3. Social Intelligence – Being able to understand, empathize, and relate to team members on a level that is inclusive, trusting and dependable.
  4. Integrity – Being able to perform one’s duties in keeping with the user’s best interest; ethical above all else.
  5. Service Orientation – Being able to act in a supportive role towards others, while also focusing on one’s own strengths and abilities.

So how do you build a team that won’t self-destruct? You create opportunities for the team to reflect and look into the mirror of their teams so that they can see their own unlimited potential to contribute and be a part of a winning team! Contact us today for more information on how we can help you build high performing teams!

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