Collaboration Wrap Up

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Today we are wrapping up this month’s series about collaboration. As team members in an organization, we are all accountable for a healthy collaborative environment.

Recognition of Contribution

Recognizing and respecting the collaborative contributions of team members keeps a team healthy. Giving credit publicly and privately strengthens the team so give credit where credit is due. What gets rewarded gets repeated.

The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey

For a majority of the last century, leaders were the problem solvers. Employees brought their problems to the leader and those problems were seen as obstacles for the leader alone to solve. But that’s changed.

In his book The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey, Ken Blanchard says if you’re the leader, you should be the least busy person on the team. When presented with an issue, ask your team how they would suggest solving the problem, passing the “monkey” along and not unnecessarily busying yourself.

Apologies and Forgiveness When Things Go Sideways

When working on a team, mistakes are inevitable. As a leader, it’s important to create a healthy environment for apologies and forgiveness. To do this, you as the leader must model the way. Be quick to forgive and if possible, give another chance. The leader must openly admit their own mistakes when necessary if they want their team to do the same.

Accountability on the Team

Accountability plays a huge role in motivation, both positive and negative. The best way to establish strong accountability is to firstly have clear expectations. The clearer the expectations, the easier it is to hold team members accountable. It also makes it easier for each team member to be accountable to themselves.

As I said before, what gets rewarded gets repeated. Reward teams publicly and individuals privately. Challenge the process in the same way; challenge the team publicly and the individual privately.

Assessing Strengths and Weaknesses of Team Members

I am always assessing my team members. We do personality tests like DISC or 16 Personalities as well as the Strength Finders test. I analyze the results, assess strengths and then try to place each person in their strength zone.

Joy as Strength

Humour is healthy, period. Nehemiah 8:10 says that joy equals strength, so if a team lacks joy it will be weak. In the church, we need to be strong and we need to have strong teams because the mission is too important. We are the hope of the world, on mission to reach every available person, at every available time, by every available means, with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, by creating churches that unchurched people love to attend.

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