Over the past couple of years, we have been fortunate to work with a variety of groups looking to become viable and performing teams, from direct sales people with an Internet-based company, to the leadership team for a non-profit organization and then to service professionals starting a collaborative blog.
On our training programs the foundation is based on B.W. Tuckman’s stages of teams development of which the Forming stage is the first. And, one could assume the easiest. Compared to what can go awry, forming is a lark. Some of the challenges result from people’s other commitments, an unwillingmess to commit to the team, hesitation about sharing thoughts and ideas with others, etc. And our experiences are not unique.
We recently had some communication with a person in the United Kingdom who has been attempting to start a collaborative blog and who is experiencing challenges. She wrote in part, [getting sufficient] contributors is right up there as one of the main necessities, and building a sense of ownership, then there’s the cajoling and nagging. I’ve not yet tried bribery though have mentioned baking brownies and [mailing] them out – none of the chaps have followed through on that one yet 😉
If your team seems challenged, we do offer a free team survey that can (anonymously) identify where the team sees itself in the stages of team development. If nothing else the results can be a basis for concrete discussion which in turn can make Forming fun!
What’s your secret for motivating your team?