Newsletter March 2024

Newsletter March 2024. Don't leave teamwork to chance

Don’t leave teamwork to chance

In this month’s newsletter we’re taking a more practical approach. We’ll show how using a really simple exercise can unlock a bit of magic to help you and your team work better together.

New faces, new teams: building relationships that click (fast!)

With so many people moving companies, roles and teams, one thing remains constant – the need to build authentic relationships quickly.

The key? Understanding the different personalities and workstyles that make up your team. We’ll help you discover what makes you ‘click’ with others.

Old faces, old teams: feeling lost in translation?

We’ve all been there. You try to work with a colleague, but it feels like you’re speaking different languages. Collaboration suffers, and frustration mounts. But what if you could bridge that gap and unlock better working relationships?

Teamwork takes conscious effort

If it’s people that make the difference to how we perform, then why would we leave teamwork to chance? In this newsletter, we will help you foster a more cohesive and productive group from the start.

The CFO of Cisco, Scott Herren shared with us that team experience doesn’t just happen. It takes a conscious effort to create a functional team.*

*Listen to the podcast with Scott: “None Of Us Is As Smart Individually As We Are Collectively”

Team exercise: Aha moments!

This simplified exercise is based on the DiSC® behavioural tool and offers a taste of how it can improve your daily interactions.

Watch a 4-minute introductory video: Intro to Understanding Team Dynamics (youtube.com)

By understanding your own DiSC style and importantly, those of your teammates, you’ll gain a framework for adapting your communication and working more effectively together. It’s not about who you have on your team, but how you work together.

Chris Collett, former Army Major and expert in human behaviour dynamics, takes us through a colourful elevator analogy, and paints a clear picture of four distinct personality types and how they influence our everyday interactions. Listen to a snip of the conversation here (Buzzsprout)

Let’s get started

1. Draw a vertical line

 

Newsletter March 2023 Vertical Axis

Think about where would you put yourself on this vertical axis? Are you fast paced, assertive and bold at the top of the line, or are you thoughtful, moderate paced, calm, methodical, careful?

2. Add a horizontal line

 

Newsletter March 2023 Axis 2

On the horizontal axis, are you questioning, logic focused, objective, sceptical, challenging or are you accepting, people focused, empathetic, receptive, agreeable?

3. Next, draw a circle and create the 4 following quadrants:

 

  • Dominance
  • Influence
  • Steadiness
  • Conscientiousness

 

Newsletter March 2024 Workstyle Map

Which quadrant do you fit into?

  • Think about your pace and approach: Are you fast-paced and assertive, or more methodical and careful?
  • Consider your focus: Do you prioritize logic and objectivity, or are you drawn to empathy and cooperation?
  • Plot yourself on the workstyle map based on these factors

Download a copy of the workstyle map

It’s important to note, there is no wrong or right place to be. We should all move around the DiSC and adapt our workstyles depending on the situation and who we are working with. Your DiSC style is where you use the least energy. It is just your starting point.

For example, Vic (our company founder) is very action orientated. She is as much at 12 o’clock as you can get, but that doesn’t mean she can’t have attention to detail and move to 8 o’clock – she absolutely can but spending too long there is exhausting. It does not come so naturally to her!

The trick is to understand your team mates starting point and figure out together how you can meet in the middle. Chris Collett has a brilliant story on this here (Buzzsprout)

Where did you plot yourself?

If you find yourself in the dominance or influence quadrant, you’ve probably already decided. If you’re leaning towards steadiness and conscientiousness, you might want a bit more detail.

There is no right or wrong place to be in the circle. The further you are out in the circle, the more you demonstrate those traits.

Building your team’s DiSC map: A collaborative exercise

We use this exercise in our Team Acceleration Workshop. If you would like to try this yourself with your team, we’ve added the instructions below.

Note: if you’ve done this before, can you remember where you and your team sit?

To create a visual representation of your team’s workstyles:

  1. Print a copy of the Workstyle Team Map and gather your team.
  1. Without plotting yourself at this point, ask the team to discuss and agree where they would plot you.
  1. Is it the same place as you plotted yourself? This is a great way of understanding other people’s perceptions of you.
  1. Discuss and agree as a team where you are best plotted.
  1. Now repeat for your entire team. Using initials, place each team member where you all agree they naturally fit on the map. Note: the closer to the edge of the circle, the stronger their alignment with that style.

Remember:

  • There’s no “wrong” place on the map. Each style brings value to the team.
  • We may adapt our behaviour at times, but this exercise focuses on our natural tendencies.

Question:

  • When working with a colleague with a different workstyle, how can you meet in the middle?

You might realise what was holding a work relationship back and help you to adapt your approach.

By leveraging the power of DiSC, you can unlock a new level of collaboration within your team. A united team working together is the key to achieving speed, innovation, and ultimately, long-term success in the ever-evolving tech landscape.

We would love to know how you get on!


A bit about us

We help tech organisations execute at speed through the power of TeamX™. As a change management organisation, we help leaders build more engaged, strong, and united teams through a breakthrough business methodology. This is built by rallying behind a common purpose and supported by simplicity in execution – all underpinned by Patrick Lencioni’s Five Behaviors® model.

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