Hallmarks of Effective Team Facilitation
Updated: Jul 18, 2023
I want to help teams know how to create and maintain a healthy culture. A culture is a place where life and creativity flourishes.
In a company, signs of a healthy culture would include effective meetings, clarity about goals and what is being expected, good morale, and retention of the right people. It also means solving the right problems and addressing the right issues.
I have found no better principles for teamwork anywhere than in Patrick Lencioni's models. As long as the team leader is committed to using them, these universally always create healthier teams. Very often, it does not take long at all.
A life-giving, culture building team workshop usually has three hallmarks:
Healthy Conflict Around Ideas
Ideas are not personal. Personalized conflict is mean-spirited, it is presuming bad intentions or attributing to someone else's character what may instead be the circumstances they are going through. A team that lives is a team that has conflict - but it is healthy conflict around ideas. Fostering this is more than mantras. Nor is it enough to have touchy-feely exercises, or team building time. I believe, because I have seen, how teams with opposing perspectives and opinions can eventually rally because of shared vision about what needs to be done and why. And I believe the process of getting there can and should be life-giving, instead of draining and taxing.
Clarity and Meaning
Companies that have clear answers to the Six Critical Questions rally around clarity and bear measurable fruit in bottom-line success. Unfortunately, many companies or non-profits continue, for a while at least, with fuzzy or nebulous ideas about why they exist, and what needs to be done. There's some inertia helping them stay "in motion," but activity in itself is not success.
I want to help individuals and teams find meaning in their work and joy in productivity, which requires a shared sense of mission and shared language about how to articulate this.
Why I Facilitate
“To make meetings less boring, leaders must look for legitimate reasons to provoke and uncover relevant, constructive ideological conflict. By doing so, they’ll keep people engaged, which leads to more passionate discussions, and ultimately, to better decisions.” - Patrick Lencioni
If you lead a team, you are well aware of the technical and artistic dance that is sometimes required to create culture. Outside support can make all the difference. What I bring to team facilitation is:
a lifetime of experience in team dynamics and culture building. My previous career was in leadership of a school which unified teachers and families from 37 countries. Unifying people in a shared mission has always brought me life, and I love taking what I have learned to teams around the country.
fluency in Lencioni's methods and models
Because of Lencioni's models, there is no wasted time in sessions. In fact, the models I present are all about making your teamwork so much more effective, that the two days or less your team invest will quickly pay for themselves in increased productivity and growth. In my experience of working with Table Group consultants and in facilitating Pat Lencioni's concepts myself, I have never known a team leader who felt a facilitated session was not worth the investment.
Ideally, my sessions are over two-days so as to "cover all the bases." That said, I am willing and able to tailor into shorter sessions as needed.