teamwork

5 questions that will transform team dynamics

5 questions that will transform team dynamics

We are expert “assumers”. We assume we know what others want, how to communicate with them, the best approach to recognizing them, and more. Unfortunately, our assumptions aren’t often correct. They are typically direct reflections of our own preferences, not others’. The result? Challenging, even strained, relationships and team dynamics.

So what do we do about it? It’s quite simple really – we become intentionally curious. Instead of being expert “assumers”, we must become expert “askers”.

Here are five simple, but powerful questions to help guide intentional curiosity. 

Dive In: Answers Are Below the Waterline

Dive In: Answers Are Below the Waterline

Things aren't always as they seem. We know this saying well; and yet, we continue to take things at face value. We trust our intuition and don't want to spend time digging deeper. So, instead, we assume that things are actually exactly as they seem and respond accordingly.

This happens in teams all the time. I recently partnered with a team who was facing some challenges. The group was comprised of talented, driven individuals who were all passionate about their work and appeared to genuinely care about each other. Seemed like a dream team; so why were they having trouble communicating and executing? 

The Key to Effective Partnerships

The Key to Effective Partnerships

So which is it - opposites attract or birds of a feather flock together? I think it depends.

My husband and I fall in the first camp and receive completely opposite results when taking any personality assessment. Our differences drive each other crazy, but also create this perfect blend and balance (for which so I'm grateful).

It seems that, in romantic relationships, we are often strategic enough to choose partners with different personalities and strengths, but in the workplace, we tend to gravitate toward working styles similar to our own. Go getters want to work with other fast-paced drivers. Analytical minds enjoy partnering with others who take time to assess the data before acting. Relationship builders prefer officemates who, like them, want to share more than just tasks and desk space. 

We are comfortable partnering with people like us. It's easier and even feels more productive. But is it?