I had the pleasure of facilitating the Leadership Game with the staff/operations team of the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO).
We awarded points to people and there were some interesting debates and challenging positions being taken, along with healthy discomfort when participants had to get real and answer questions by themselves. Two and a half hours later the feedback was that the team wanted to spend even more time in this experience together!
What a fantastic team and culture! They weren’t shy, they fully embraced the experience and we cracked some jokes along the way! I’m looking forward to serving some of the team even further through one-on-one coaching conversations.
Some insights that came out of this session for the team included:
“𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱, 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘭𝘶𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘶𝘭!”
“𝘐 𝘦𝘯𝘫𝘰𝘺𝘦𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘮 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘱 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴.”
“𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 team.”
Here’s what I’ve noticed recently facilitating different team sessions: Positive, progressive and dynamic team culture is PRICELESS – without this, there is no high-performing team. The secret ingredient is psychological safety.
Creating psychological safety within a team is crucial for fostering an environment where individuals feel comfortable taking risks, expressing their ideas, and being themselves without fear of negative consequences. Here are some ways to foster psychological safety:
- Leadership Modelling: Leaders set the tone for psychological safety often through vulnerable leadership.
- Regular Check-ins: Conduct regular one-on-one and team check-ins to assess well-being, workload, and any concerns team members may have.
- Feedback Culture: Encourage constructive feedback and make it a regular part of team interactions, not just when “stuff” hits the fan. The more regular check-ins (above) happen, the more feedback culture can flow naturally.
If you’re leading a team or even within your family, how can you take action on just one of these?
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