“Leaders must step up now and connect meaningfully with their people. Leading with awareness, vulnerability, empathy, and compassion is vital to help your teams weather the crisis and can help set the stage for recovery.”
Re-imagining the Post Pandemic Organisation. McKinsey May 2020.
Easier said than done!
Hopefully the drama and adrenaline rush have passed, and you’re now adjusting to the new normal of a dispersed team in a different world.
Nurturing team culture is a key responsibility for all leaders, so in the current extraordinary climate how do you best support your team to fulfill their purpose and thrive?
Start by taking their pulse to make the invisible stuff of the team’s thoughts and feelings visible.
A good online pulse check will look at all the key issues and rapidly deliver robust data. One that balances the human and pragmatic aspects of team culture.
The process needs to be anonymous and numerical, so you can reliably measure and identify what’s working, what needs attention, where there is alignment and where there is misalignment – after all, your sense of things might be way off.
Traditionally diagnostic surveys have been over complex and expensive but, thankfully, times have changed.
For dispersed teams the pulse check needs to be super simple to set up, access and complete, and provide instant accessible insights.
Using a facilitator can be incredibly useful but they are not always affordable or appropriate, so you may need to self facilitate. Look for a survey that will support you addressing the challenges.
At We-Q, by accessing world class research, we’ve identified 20 key questions bundled under the 4 key dimensions of a really effective and healthy team culture:
|Being Fully Myself||=> How we feel, develop and contribute in this team|
|How we Behave||=> The ways in which we work together|
|Getting Things Done||=> The infrastructure, resources and approach to our work|
|Doing the Right Thing||=> How we feel about the things that matter|
We’ve recognised that for a DIY team culture check to be successful, you’ll need a straightforward report and most importantly a guide to help you facilitate a powerful, action-oriented conversation that builds psychological safety and enhances performance.
The We-Q handbook covers all of the 20 questions in the survey, together with suggestions for coaching interventions, and exercises to address identified weaknesses.
In the following 20 weeks we’ll highlight them one at a time. Together they will build a valuable resource. Alternatively, dive in and survey your team now. Go to https://we-q.com/buy-we-q/
Leading teams meaningfully in a post pandemic organisation starts with great data, valuable insights and an open heart.
Have a go!