Tools to help your team thrive
What makes a great team?
A well-performing team will hold a number of qualities, such as trust, commitment, mutual support, patience, flexibility and complementing skill sets. Different people will consider certain qualities to be more important than others. In its ‘Project Aristole’ Google researchers found ‘psychological safety’, i.e. the team members’ ability to “feel safe to take risks and be vulnerable in front of each other” the most important quality of successful teams.
In a team offering psychological safety, group members feel comfortable to ask any question and bring up controversial topics. According to Project Aristotle, in order to get there, it helps to frame work as learning and approach it with curiosity.
However, what exactly does a team go through, to arrive at a stage of highly effective collaboration?
The dynamics of team development
Every group of people will go through certain processes throughout its life span. Researchers have come up with various group development models over time to describe these. In the following, we briefly present the Firo B model, named after the California seminar room where it was originally developed by Will Schutz in the late 1950s. John Whitmore, co-creator of the GROW Coaching Model, presents the model in its most simplistic form. Having only three stages, we consider this the most applicable version:
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Conversation fuel towards psychologically safe teams
Even without a team knowing about the models and concepts described above, it can benefit greatly from raising awareness for group dynamic processes. At the same time, it is often difficult for individual group members to bring up these subtleties and state their needs.
The deep pictures Card Decks combine powerful images and coaching questions in a deck of 52 picture cards. The theme “Growing Together” are specifically build as coaching cards for teams.