Considering your board team as a family may not always be the easiest thing to do, especially if you have a high turnover of staff. If your group is fairly stable then this can often be a useful way of thinking about things.
In families, at least the functional ones, all the people involved feel valued and needed, not just for the fact of their ability to perform certain functions, like chores, but also because of the very fact of their own character – how they interact whilst doing those chores.
This is a key consideration for good team building.
Are Your Board Team Members Happy?
It is not just about whether or not a certain person can perform the tasks that are assigned to them, it is also about whether they are happy performing those tasks, and therefore whether they are pleasant company for the rest of the team whilst performing those tasks and during downtime.
To a certain extent, the process of a team becoming like a family is a natural one – humans are extremely social creatures, and we naturally fall into a good working rhythm with those we spend a lot of time with.
However, there are always going to be times when tempers flare and personalities clash. Without getting too fluffy over the whole thing, the root of these flare-ups may well have to do with the family background of the individual team members. The family is where we first learn to work together, or not as the case may be.
Get to Know Your Board Team Members
Finding a little out about your executive team members’ backgrounds may well be the key to unlocking their greatest potentials. In the dim and distant past, when the family unit’s very survival hinged upon their ability to work together efficiently, things were basically more brutal, and the consequences of not working together essentially extremely dire.
In the modern workplace, people can often see the consequences of falling out with people or ‘writing them off’ as something which has basically very little consequence – people can always get another job, or apply for a transfer or whatever, but the basic facts remain the same: any team can achieve wonders with the right attitude.
So part of the problem is, therefore, to persuade people that their working together does matter, that they matter, and that other people matter just as much as they do.
This can be achieved by a number of methods, but you will notice that many of today’s team-building strategies involve a game of some kind, in which the participants are asked to pretend that they’re working together really does matter – think survival weekends, paintballing etc. All these activities are designed to impart a sense of urgency into the matter of working together.
As a leader, you should remember that your input helping people to cooperate and really ‘put their backs’ into things may very well help them in ways that go far beyond the projects or tasks you are working on at the time. It comes down to caring about people, and caring about your work, even though it may seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things. For more advice and a professional consultation One Third More offer Board Team Coaching in Nottingham. Find out more about their team consultants here.
To many people, the best way to achieve this is by making the whole thing into a game.
Games make learning fun, and even if their family background or their schooling have given people the impression that learning is not fun, a good team, and a good leader can dispel this false notion.
Good leaders know that there is more at stake than just hitting targets, that even the lowliest tasks are an essential part of life, and they are willing to show people that they are worth caring about, and so is the job.