Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Team Building- It's Like a Band-Aid
I've spent the last few days getting to know an amazing team. Although I love informed discussion, deep thinking, and synthesis, the last few days were exhausting. When people come together for the first time, the meshing of ideas, personalities and strengths can be tricky.
Usually, team building time begins with the pleasant "getting to know you stage." Occasionally, this is followed by the "intense debate and compromise" stage. While such intense debate can be rewarding, it can be challenging when you are still learning about each member of the team and their individual strengths. In some ways-- it hurts! The faster your team can move through this stage, the better. (That's not to say that there won't be extended discussion and dialogue-- just not in the first encounter.)
So, for me, good initial team building is like a Band-Aid. Rip through the difficult parts, and you'll be satisfied with the results.
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