Effective Collaboration

Effective Collaboration

Key Strategies for You

  1. Use the Project Completion Cycle and the 5 Dynamics language in meetings, roles and deliverables.
  2. Ensure there is complete clarity around roles, procedures and boundaries.
  3. With the team, create a set of values and behavioral norms; emphasize these at every opportunity.
  4. Check in regularly with each individual regarding his or her levels of satisfaction and success.

Crucial Simpli5 Resources

Team Content

In Simpli5 at the Teams tab, open your team. If your team has not already been created, you can create your own private (draft) version or ask that your team leader create and publish the “official” version.

For this application, at minimum you should review the Team Spider Graph, Team Dynamics, and Learning Chart. Other helpful team content includes Leading the Team, Tent Cards and Name Badges.

Learning Chart

  1. At your team’s page, scroll down to Resources and tap the Learning Charts module.
  2. Build and create a learning chart to include everyone on the team. 
  3. Distribute the chart(s) at your next team meeting.
  4. Use these charts, especially at team meetings, to become proficient in speaking to people according to their own learning preferences.

Team Spider Graph

  1. At your team’s page, tap “Generate Spider Graph” below the Team Energy table.
  2. Build and create a spider graph of up to 12 members at a time. If you have more than 12 people on a team, think about how you can break them into smaller sub-teams.
  3. If this is not practical, then use the Team Energy table at the top of the team’s page to complete the New Team Interpretation, instructions listed below.

New Team Interpretation

Using either a Team Spider Graph or the Team Energy table, count the number of high energies (Effortless, Effortless+, or Abundant) in each of the four dynamics. For standing teams, the goal is to be approximately balanced. If one or more of the Energies is over- or underrepresented, it means that team is imbalanced. (Special purpose teams can be imbalanced, depending on their mission.)

At an early team meeting, share the Team Spider Graph(s) or the Team Energy table and the table below:

Questions to Ask

  1. What will be the outward signs if we fall into each of the traps cited above?
  2. Whose job is it to be on the watch for these issues?
  3. As they are identified, what are reasonable ways to deal with them?
  4. Who has ownership of the situation?
  5. What do you want to contribute to the team?
  6. Specifically, what types of support do you need from the team?
  7. Who are our key stakeholders?
  8. What is our strategy for dealing with each of them?
  9. What is our communications strategy?

What the Energies Frequently Seek from a Team Experience

• Opportunities to innovate
• Chance to learn
• Find solutions
• Ability to engage on a personal level
• Fun
• Fairness
• Standard operating procedures
• A well-formed plan that anticipates circumstances
• Victory over obstacles
• Feeling empowered
• Tangible rewards
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