By Tim Arnold
As a busy leader, we understand how hard it can be to find the time to develop your team. This is why each month we provide you with a do-it-yourself team-building idea that is easy to deliver and proven to be effective. Enjoy!
Successful organizations learn to manage the tension between embracing change and preserving stability. Here is a graphic that will allow you to see this tension more clearly:
Step 1 – Download and print out the graphic and give a copy to each team member. Read through all four of the quadrants on the worksheet with your team.
Step 2 – Have your team get into small groups of three to four people and give each group 10 minutes to answer the following questions:
· What is the best example of our team experiencing the positive results from focusing on change in the past year? What could we learn from this example and apply to the coming year in order to experience more of these positive results?
· What is the best example of our team experiencing the positive results from focusing on stability in the past year? What could we learn from this example and apply to the coming year in order to experience more of these positive results?
Step 3 – Have each small group report back on their example and learning from each question. After hearing all the examples and learning, end with a discussion that identifies one to three things the team can commit to doing in the year ahead in order to leverage the tension of embracing change and preserving stability.
When your team can find healthy tension between embracing change and preserving stability, you will achieve a winning culture that is exciting, focused and confident.
Tim Arnold is passionate about helping people understand the chronic issues that limit leadership and teamwork so they can thrive. He is the author of the book The Power of Healthy Tension and speaks to organizations across the globe on how they can overcome chronic issues and conflicting values. Go to www.leadersforleaders.ca.