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SUSAN M DAVIS

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Why Team? Co-Create . . . Communicate . . . IGNITE Change! Tip # 1

Know WHO is on your Team The  best  teams  are  made  up  of  individuals   who  can  contribute  their  unique  gifts  to   the  benefit  of  the  whole,  and  who  honor   and  respect  others  gifts.  We  are  not  all  the   same  in  terms  of  the  strengths  and  skills   we  bring  to  the  table,  nor  in  our  learning,   behavior  or  communication  styles.  It’s   really  essential  in  a  team,  to  KNOW  each  of   the  players  –  their  strengths,  their   behavior/learning  styles,  and  how  to   communicate  with  each  other.  There  are   excellent  tools  to  help  teams  really  get  to   know  the  players,  like  DISC  and  True   Colors,  both  of  which,  are  not  only  great   tools  but  also  ‘toys’  for  teambuilding.   Check    Out:  

http://TrueColorsIntl.com   http://bethweisberg.com  

I  can’t  think  of  anything  more  awesome  than  the   experience  of  being  part  of  a  highly  functioning  team.   I’ve  been  blessed  to  have  had  this  experience   numerous  times  over  the  many  decades  I’ve  been  in   business,  served  on  boards  of  both  non-­‐profit  and   community  organizations  and  in  building  The  Co-­‐ Creation  Community.       My  experience  has  shown  that  not  all  teams  are  highly   functional,  though.  And  some  are  actually  highly   DISfunctional;  and  those  are  not  awesome,  nor  is  the   experience  much  fun.    I’m  sure  you’ve  experienced   this,  as  well,  and  so  when  you  read  these  ‘tips’,  ask   yourself  whether  your  teams  have  taken  them  into   consideration  or  practice  in  the  day-­‐to-­‐day  functioning   of  the  team.     A  big  part  of  my  journey  with  Co-­‐Creation  has  been   through  participation,  collaboration,  and  having   mentors,  colleagues,  and  partners,  employees,  and   consultants  -­‐  who  are  real  experts  in  the  area  of  team   facilitation,  team  dynamics,  and  team  building.      You   will  find  links  in  this  resource  guide  to  several  of  whom   have  excellent  programs,  books,   and  strategies  for  you  to  become   a  better  team  player,  a  better   leader  and  facilitator  of  strong,   highly  functional,  teams  in  any   industry,  organization  or   community.     ENJOY!     2


SUSAN M DAVIS

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Have  a  Commitment  to  Common  Purpose   This  goes  much  deeper  than  having  the  same  end   goal  in  mind.  What  it  really  means  is  that  each  team   player  is:   In  alignment  with  the  Core-­‐Values  of  the   team  as  a  whole;  the  WHY.    

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In  alignment  with  the  Team’s  Vision  –  Where   the  team  is  going  and  why.  

 In  alignment  with  the  Team’s  Mission  –  How   the  team  is  getting  there;  what  each  team   player  is  doing  to  move  toward  the  Team   Vision.  

Check  Out:    http://bit.ly/1rLePkW   TIP

Communicate    

Have  Agreements     Clarity  will  always  make  a  team  function  at  it’s   best.  The  kinds  of  agreements  that  are  necessary   to  have  for  a  highly  functioning  team  are:   •

Structural    

Behavioral  

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Players  Roles   Schedules  

Commitments  

Strong  agreements  are:  

Good  communication  in  a  team  is  essential.   This  means:  

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Explicit   Specific  

Leave  no  room  for  assumptions   Have  structure  that  supports   accountability     Are  Mutual  

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Listening  with  respect   Being  honest,  open,  non-­‐judgmental  

Problem  solving  rather  than   avoidance  

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Giving  and  receiving  support   Have  FUN;  use  humor/’enlighten  up’  

Check    Out:  

http://GroupAlchemy.net  

Check    Out  

Tribal  Leadership  by  Dave  Logan,   John  King,  Haley  Fisher-­‐Wright  

"The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives”- Anthony Robbins "None of us is as smart as all of us. …the problems we face are too complex to be solved by any one person or any one discipline. Our only chance is to bring people together from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who can refract a problem through the prism of complementary minds allied in common purpose – Warren Bennis, The Secrets of Great Groups 3


SUSAN M DAVIS

TIPS.FOR.TERRIFIC.TEAMS

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Have  Systems  for  Accountability     Responsibility  and  accountability  instill  trust.  In  a   strong  team,  with  committed  team  members   there  is  personal  accountability  and   accountability  to  the  team  as  a  whole.  Create   systems  that  make  it  easy  and  fun  to  hold  team   members  accountable.    Focus  on   acknowledgement  and  celebration  that  will   strengthen  the  group,  as  well  as  inspire  the   individual  players  to  be  accountable  for  those   things  to  which  they’ve  committed.     Not  sure  how  to  create  systems  that  are  fun  and   that  really  work?     Check  Out:    

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Cultivate  a  Community  of  Leaders   When  each  team  member  is  honored  and   respected  for  their  contributions  to  the  whole,  and   given  the  opportunity  to  shine,  leadership   develops.  This  isn’t  the  old  model  of  ‘Leader’  at  the   top  or  front,  and  Followers  getting  pulled  behind.   It’s  more  the  circular  model  where  leadership   strengths  from  every  player  are  respected,   developed,  and  allowed  to  contribute  to  the   functioning  of  the  whole.  This  is  the  WE  model,  or   the  Level  Four  and  Level  Five  model  described  in   Tribal  Leadership.    

http://bit.ly/PeerAccountability  

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Create  Ritual,  Reinforcement   and  Renewal  

Amazing  things  happen  in  organizations  and  teams   that  cultivate  a  community  of  leaders.    

A  team  is  like  a  living  organism  and  for  the   sustainability  of  a  high  functioning  team,  there   must  always  be  inclusiveness,  celebration,  and   response.  There  is  a  commitment  to  excellence,   both  personal  and  for  the  group  as  a  whole,   and  this  is  both  behavioral  and  performance   related.  Celebration  of  excellence  inspires  and   motivates  and  when  we  are  committed  to   positive  change  and  growth,  our  team  will  see   sustainable  success.    

Check  Out:  

http://CultureSync.net   http://tinyurl.com/mq5p6gu

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Additional Resources Check  out  The  Co-­‐Creation  Community  

http://TheCoCreationCommunity.com Conscious  Team  Master  Class  –  Fantastic  Audio  Series  

http://pwc2.com/consciousteams_kelsey Strategies,  Tools  and  Support  to  Make  Teaming  Easy  &  FUN  

http://MamaRedKnight.com From  Panic  to  Clarity  -­‐  How  to  Build  Your  Business  Online   http://bit.ly/1oUIw4w Great  Video  about  Co-­‐Creation  –  Going  from  ME  to  WE  

http://OneProject.org Sustainable  Design  Is  All  About  Collaboration/Teaming   http://HomeStylus.com    

A  Well  Thought–Out  Process  and  Some  Great  Tools  for  Teams   http://GiversBenefitFormula.com  

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