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Top-notch team leaders and coaches know that team development meetings are important to building cohesive, high-performing teams. They can be a great way to step away from daily grind activities and focus on often neglected, yet extremely critical work-impacting, topics such as: Developing strategies and work plans, creating shared goals, communicating and building relationships, and discovering and shaping (and even repairing) team dynamics
But let’s be blunt. Team development meetings often have a bad reputation. They can easily be perceived as unproductive and stealing time from actually getting the work done. Often times this is because they are poorly planned and impersonal to the people taking part in them. And this is totally understandable.
Team leaders often have little time or desire to invest in preparing content or researching ways to lead a worthwhile activity or discussion. Even though leaders and coaches see the importance of these development opportunities, executing one effectively takes time and effort to come up with a plan.
To help overcome these obstacles, we have created an easy to use guide for team leaders and coaches to use in their next team development meeting using the results their team members received from taking the Growth Rings Indicator (GRI) Quiz. This guide centers on how to use the GRI within a group setting to help your team find work environments that foster and encourage high performance.
The guide lays out easy to follow steps and discussion points that team leaders can implement with very little preparation. Even better, employing the GRI engages each team member on a personal level. Plus, it’s structured enough to use without requiring a bunch of lead time, yet flexible enough to adjust to the specific needs of any particular team.
Not only does this guide offer a quick solution for your next team development content needs, it can be used to touch on each of the bullet points above. By understanding and discussing how work environments impact performance, more effective strategies, work plans, and shared goals can be created that match those environments.
GRI results are also an extremely fruitful tool to get teammates communicating about the forces and dynamics influencing their work. These conversations can be the cornerstones to building relationships of trust and understanding not just between the manager and the team members, but also between team members themselves. Simply talking through the concepts contained with the GRI helps teams see where their potential is getting held up and where it can be elevated. The TEDx Talk below, presented by EcSell's Founder and President, Bill Eckstrom, is also a great resource to use during these meetings:
So, next time you are in need of content that is worth your team’s time and can make a big impact on performance, take advantage of our GRI Team Development Guide. You can take further advantage of this content by joining our online discussion group on Facebook, The Growth Rings Community. Here, you can share you experiences with using the Growth Rings Indicator in your team development meetings as well as find ideas and examples from other team leaders.
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