Investing in our Foundation
Some teams experience struggle with workplace norms, shared values, and management of conflict. Ask these questions to unveil strength or vulnerability:
- Are our day-to-day interactions productive, efficient, and true to our values?
- Is our team mission clear and is everyone on-board?
- Do teammates handle conflict and differences of opinion with maturity?
Some teams have difficulty establishing trust and psychological safety in the workplace making it hard to work together. Ask these questions to discover wellness or weakness:
- Do teammates connect and collaborate?
- Is our workplace a trusting and respectful environment?
- Do teammates hold themselves and each other accountable consistently?
Some teams are afraid to think differently, stretch themselves, and experiment with new approaches. Ask these questions to reveal assets or liabilities:
- Are we supported in sharing new ideas and perspectives?
- Does the organization support exploration and discovery when solving problems?
Some teams resist transitions and have a hard time seeing how to manage new circumstances. Ask these questions to find out whether your team is adapting or resisting change:
- Have we addressed unresolved issues that are keeping the team stuck?
- Have we handled recent changes effectively and embraced our new future?
Few teams answer all of these questions with a “yes.” Whether due to action of neglect, there are usually a few issues that rise to the surface when doing a self-check. This is the nature of human interaction. Sometimes we hurt each other even with the best intentions. By asking these questions frequently and having the courage to answer them, teams ensure the strongest investment, the deepest trust, the most daring innovation, and the healthiest response to change.