When you and your team hit a crisis the last thing you have time to do is try and build relationships that can weather that storm. Leaders need to be investing in team building long before the rain starts to fall. Below, I’ve given you three ways you can create a deeper sense of community within your team.
Here they are:
1. “Get to know you” questions: Sounds like a no brainer I know, but you’d be surprised how much even long time team members don’t know about each other. These questions allow the curtain of each person to be pulled back a bit. Here are are a few that I’ve found to be helpful: 1. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? 2. What do people like most about you? 3. What is one day in your life you’d like to live over again? 4. What moment in your life has made you who you are? (Besides Coming to Christ)
2. Living Eulogies: This is exactly what it sounds like. Eulogies are the thoughts people share at funerals when their friend or family member has died. Why wait until someone has died before you share what you appreciate about them? In this exercise, “Living Eulogy” each team member takes a turn sitting in a chair in the middle of the room while other team members share what they’re grateful to God for in that person. This is encouragement vitamin for the entire group. If someone on your team is questioning whether they matter, they won’t after leaving this meeting!
3. Testimonies: This is a great opportunity for team members to share their story: past, present and where they believe God is taking them. This allows each team member to see each person from the context of where they’ve been and what they’ve been through. This is great for building bridges among staff!
It’s true that certain personalities won’t have a natural bent for these type of exercises. Put up with eye rolling and stick to your guns! I’ve never seen anyone regret using these tools. A sense of trust and teamwork doesn’t just appear out of no where. Leaders must be proactive in creating an environment where teamwork grows. Whatever you do, be intentional about it. Make it a point to lead out on these exercises. Your team will only be as transparent as you’re willing to be.
Your Turn! Share with me what you would add to this list! Comment below.