My top 10: Building a Culture of Teams

I presented a workshop today about building a culture of teams at a workshop at the CSA National Leaders Conference. We put the ‘work’ into workshop.

 

We talk about the 21stC skills that our students need to navigate the future, yet who are they going to learn them from? If schools expect to prepare young people to be team players, how do we encourage a culture of teams that permeates right through the school?

 

 

 

 

I presented the 5 priorities of teams:

  1. Prioritise interpersonal connection
  2. Provide time for collaboration and planning
  3. Identified leadership
  4. Share expertise
  5. Celebrate success

Then I asked them to rate their school’s team culture on a score out of 10, and remember the score.

I posed 5 questions:

  1. What needs to happen for your teams to connect?
  2. How do you facilitate the time for team collaboration?
  3. What do you look for in a team leader?
  4. How do you encourage a culture of sharing?
  5. What are some simple ways that your teams can celebrate success?

Then gave the challenge: What can you do to improve your team-culture score by one point? Here are their ideas:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. What needs to happen for your teams to connect?

Time allocation/timetable

Vision/moral purpose/challenge/inspiration

Space/places that are conducive

Walk through a journey

Multiple levels of connectedness

Effective communication

Buying into

Develop teamwork skills

Provide collaboration tools

  1. How do you facilitate the time for team collaboration?

Cut out administration meetings – use newsletter, email

Provide a permanent time slot in the timetable

Use other time smarter, like assembly

Use online tools – blogs, threads

Be strategic about meeting. Why do we need to collaborate? Be purposeful

  1. What do you look for in a team leader?

Enthusiasm/passion

People kills: sense of humour, negotiate, relational , act as a catalyst, ability to work with difficult people

Clear sense of purpose

Able to motivate

Ability to delegate

Enable the team to ‘buy in’

Not threatened by others who have greater strengths in areas

  1. How do you encourage a culture of sharing?

Change staffroom layouts

Implement ideas that are shared

Celebrate success of shared experience

Leaders should be listeners to draw out ideas and options

Make up teams with [different] personalities as part of the consideration

Tear down the walls, physical and pedagogical

Collaborative, rather that supervisory leadership

  1. What are some simple ways that your teams can celebrate success?

Food – group morning teas

Items in the newsletter

Sharing with others in a range of ways (recognition)

Empowerment – disseminating the success

A huge thank you to the workshop participants for sharing their wisdom, experience and ideas. It was a fantastic team connection – you know who you are!

2 thoughts on “My top 10: Building a Culture of Teams

  1. Pingback: My top 10: Building a Culture of Teams (via Anne Knock: Learning everywhere today) « Glenis Wade

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