Six secrets of powerful teams
In order to understand how an executive team creates a strategy that the entire group can get behind and bring to fruition, it’s helpful to look at how group dynamics can impact outcomes says Michael Nir, president of Boston based Sapir Consulting US and author of Six Secrets of Powerful Teams.
From storming to performing:
Nir points to Bruce Tuckman’s classic model of group development, which includes five stages: forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. “An important role of the team leader is to facilitate through storming – which consists of hindering conflict – as quickly as possible while providing high direction and high support,” Nir says.
He leads early-stage meetings by creating a team charter that sets ground rules for behavior. “I believe that a lot of the fuzzy stuff – mutual respect, trust – can be measured by how they manifest in behavior, so we develop behavioral indicators” he notes. Thus, the group may agree on each person having a one- or two-minute speaking limit to make sure everyone is heard. “After a month or so, these mechanics fall to the wayside as they become habit,” he adds. Why is this important? So that teams can debate ideas openly and come to a consensus about the best way to proceed.
About the author:
Michael Nir – President of Sapir Consulting US LLC – PMP, Scaled Agile Consultant – has been helping clients overcome business challenges and achieve their potential for over 16 years. He is passionate about Gestalt theory and practice, which complements his civil and industrial engineering background (M.Sc. and B.Sc.) and contributes to his understanding of individual and team dynamics in business. Michael authored best-sellers on Influencing, Agile Teams and Leadership. His experience includes significant know-how in the telecoms, hi-tech, banking, R&D environments and petrochemical & infrastructure industries. He develops creative and innovative solutions in Agile project and product management, process improvement, leadership, and team building.
The book “Six secrets of Powerful Teams” is not available in German. Therefore we present the book: Project Voodoo by Bianca Fuhrmann on the German page.