‘Tis the season for resolutions.
I’ll spare sharing with you my personal resolutions … there are plenty of those lists out there against which you can compare your own.
Here are 8 resolutions for teams that could dramatically change your team’s performance this year.
- Talk with other team members as though they are inherently valuable, divinely-created, soul-filled beings, not as someone who has something the others want or need. That’s called dialogue, and it can transform your team.
- Fight more. Don’t settle for artificial harmony. Insist on challenging dialogue that sifts the great ideas from the mediocre ones.
- Ensure every member of your group knows why they’re there – in two ways. Make sure each one knows the team’s specific mission, and make sure each knows the unique contribution s/he must make for the team to be successful.
- Spur on more leadership. Encourage everyone to lead — that means looking out for what needs to happen to move the team’s mission forward, and then doing it.
- Take some time to establish (or articulate) your team’s ground rules, or expectations for how you’ll work together. Then, hold one another accountable to them.
- Spend more time working, and less time getting to know each other.
- Commit to staying organized in your meetings. Use agendas, take solid meeting notes, and don’t rush.
- Read through BURST as a team, using the questions included at the end of each bubble to guide your discussion and application.
Nothing shocking. No gimmicks. No silver bullets. Just time-tested principles that yield great success when we discipline ourselves to practice what we already know to do!
I wish you a happy, healthy, joyful, and productive 2013!
As always, please get in touch with me if I can be of help to you as you create effective, healthy leadership and ministry teams, design collaborative organizational structures, lead well, and facilitate life-changing small groups.