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Team Dynamics

Confidence and Conviction in ambiguous situations – Participants will repeatedly confront ambiguous situations with confidence, conviction, and unexpected competence. They will experience that while one must have clarity on the destination, one cannot expect total clarity about the journey. If one expects absolute clarity on the journey, one will never start the journey.

Bold and fresh ideas, and facilitation innovation – Participants will experience that generating bold and fresh ideas calls for an environment of open communication with the following elements:
 Clarity of a common goal and commitment to a common success
 Trust in one another’s clarity and commitment
 Willingness to express ideas without self-consciousness, and possessiveness about ‘my’ idea as against ‘your’ idea
 The acceptance of contradiction without getting into conflict
They will also experience that a group of creative people coming together does not make a creative team. Individual creativity expressed in an environment of trust and freedom leads to team innovation. We will also explore the nature of creativity as well as on how to facilitate innovation.

Sensitivity, humility, and respect when dealing with others – This can happen only when we can take on ‘functional’ hierarchy without getting into ‘human’ hierarchy. This means that we relate to each other as actor to actor irrespective of whether we are playing the role of the king or the slave. The workshop will explore this in great depth.

Collaborating in cross functional teams – As described in an earlier post, 'cross functional team' is a misnomer. Interdependent functions cannot be teams. They are only functions within the team. If the primary loyalty of the individuals is to their function instead of the team, it would be extremely difficult to align the various functions towards a common team goal and success.

The workshop will define collaboration as “investing in the other’s performance as much as in one’s own.” This does not happen by making people generous and noble or by ‘dropping’ egos. Rather, the process is to create clarity of the same goal and alignment to the same success. This creates the awareness that the other’s performance is important to my own success. We can only win together as a team. We will explore how to create this attitude and environment.

Encouraging Teamwork and understanding Conflict – Participants will experience that we can tap the richness of contradiction without getting into conflict. The underlying thrust of the entire methodology will be on how to enable team work at the level of the ideal, as attitude rather than as technique.


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