“They are a true team” … you hear occasionally in the corridors of companies, in musical or sports shows, in military or civil protection institutions, in hospitals. The ability of some high-performance teams that more than “being together” can “be together” is one of the main distinguishing factors of performance.
This stage of development implies much more than a daily physical proximity … it requires the development of rituals, a depth of connections and a robust knowledge of each one’s strengths and vulnerabilities, all supported by an almost unwavering trust between all.
If it was already difficult in the normal context, the current scenario implies an even greater challenge for team leaders, given that the company continues to demand results … and employees aspire to support development. Will we be close to something almost impossible to achieve or may it be possible to endure the effect of these teams’ collective identity?
We suggest that you take inspiration from myths of the past. Think of the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. A legend of unity in differences, a quest for maintaining harmony and mobilization as a group with the energy necessary to change and reverse adverse realities.
For today’s teams to achieve real feats, it is necessary to be frequently stimulated and strengthened, and even in this current pandemic context it is possible to do so effectively.
One of the dynamics that has the most strength to maintain or create strong relationships is to make remote connections with the sole purpose of doing something together … but that has an especially fun component and that pulls on the authenticity and creativity of the team members.
Additionally, it is important to understand that social distance is compatible with some face-to-face dynamics. It is possible, with certain care, to promote the presence of teams in the same space – imagine that your team gathers around a large round table, having a team meeting with the clothes of knights and knights of medieval times that you received previously at home? Not only is it feasible, it will be memorable.
Promoting coaching [autonomous or guided] among team members, codevelopment exercises or accelerating specific skills [for example communication] will also make a difference, especially if it is interesting to bet on some doubles or triples that need to reinforce performance.
It is important to reinforce that leaders should take advantage of the current constraint to encourage the focus on the essentials and the transfer of the lessons that this situation has brought to everyone, in order to incorporate new routines and deepen relationships in the teams.
More than ever, it is important to find moments and solutions to connect teams. Companies with all their employees working remotely or with part in layoffs must invest in keeping people connected, increasing levels of empathy and ensuring that being together and “to be together” endures.
Recovering companies will be difficult, but doing so without having an active connection to people will be next to impossible. Regardless of the Holy Grail that your organization seeks, you already know that your knights will be the key for the demand to succeed.
Article for INFORH, written by Luís Rosário Immersis Partner .