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7 Steps to Solve Team Problems. Moving From Stuck to Flow

There are always going to be problems when working with teams.

I believe problems DON’T equal solutions.

Solutions Equal Solutions

In all my team building workshops we work to identify where the team is, what is working, and 2 or 3 solution ideas to move the team forward.

Below is a series of questions. That lead to next steps and building the team.

moving the team from problems to solutions

Thinking through the 7 Steps to High Performance Teams

  • Choose one project (preferable that involves a team you are leading or involved in) that is new or stuck or that could just use some improvement.
  • Define the purpose of having this team together – ‘why are we here?’
  • Think of what a successful outcome would look like: where would the team / you be physically, financially, in terms of reputation, benefit to the community, benefit to the staff, or whatever is appropriate?
  • Brainstorm some potential next steps to achieve the successful outcome.
  • Organize your ideas for next steps into steps you can control and influence from least to most impact.
  • Decide which small-step you are going to take.
  • Do it, observe what happens.
  • Ask the team and yourself what was useful about that small-step, what did we learn?
  • Repeat

Try it and let us know your results.

team building leadership innovation expert michael cardus

michael cardus is create-learning

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