As a young team leader, I dreamt of being able to do this:
Putting the fire into the team, getting everyone excited about the challenge ahead.
But we are not all born with Al Pachino’s gifts.
So what I feared more than anything was that they would see me like this or any grim variant in that category:
I feared it because in my earlier carer as a team member, I had my share of incredibly demotivating team leaders and I swore at the time, that I would do better if I ever got the chance.
Later I learnt that you don’t need the gifts of Al Pachino to facilitate an engaging team meeting. You just need to know some basic facilitating principles and if possible, have some quality content that can inspire and drive the agenda for you.
So, with a bit of help from me and a few tips and tricks, you too can also learn to deliver engaging team briefings:
Let me briefly walk you through the why, the what and the how:
Why do we need to hold frequent team meetings?
We know from research on work motivation that a sense of purpose and belonging (along with autonomy) are among the top drivers of personal motivation. The team meeting is a key tool in activating purpose and belonging.
What is the goal and what is your role?
The team meeting that we all dread is the never-ending monolog, a manager who just downloads instructions, or even worse gives everyone a verbal hiding for some long forgotten incident.
If we are going to activate a sense of belonging and purpose, we need to think ‘meaning’ and participation. How is this meaningful to them and what is it going to take to get them involved?
It is not your job to fill the dreaded empty space with fluffy words.
It is your job to host a meaningful exchange.
How I can help you do this
If you are not used to facilitating a team workshop, it can be quite intimidating at first.
How do I keep it interesting? How do I avoid standing there with a stone-faced audience in front of me?
To help you with that, I have produced a set of slides that supplemented with one or more videos that will drive the agenda. Easy peasy. Just press play and follow the instructions. I call it Mike-in a-box
Workshops that you can run using Mike-in-A-box
- Team Temperature: How are we doing as a team? Using the team V-model as our reference, we survey the team and plot the results against the model. Now we know what we need to work on. Includes a video explaining the principles of the Team-V-model.
- Pre-shift meeting using the team V-model
- Post -Shift meeting using the goals grid
- The three essential team conversations: Results, Process, and Relationships