Why Team Dynamics Training is Important

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The cost of conflict from poor team dynamics can be high for an organization. Poor dynamics within your team can cause absenteeism, chronic sick time, and higher turnover rates. In turn, these problems can lead to decreased productivity and the increased costs associated with constant hiring.

Want to cut down on these costs for your organization? It is important to have a healthy and positive group dynamic within your team. This blog will explain the basics of team dynamics, show how to identify poor group dynamics, and lay out 5 simple strategies to improving group dynamics.

If you’re looking further support with the dynamic of your team, On Purpose Consulting offers specialized team training services to improve group dynamics, including executive coaching and team facilitation. Keep reading to learn more about these services.

What are Team Dynamics?

Team dynamics are the interactions that occur between individual team members, subgroups with the team, and the entire team. These are influenced by communications at all levels, including verbal exchanges, non-verbal, and written correspondence. They are also highly impacted by organizational structure, the leadership’s management style, and the values of the organization.
Learn more about team dynamics here.

 

How to Identify Poor Group Dynamics

Here are a few ways to identify poor group dynamics within your team:

  • The blocking of new ideas
  • Bullying between team members
  • Consistently missed deadlines
  • Formation of cliques and silos
  • Lack of trust between team members and leaders
  • Presence of free riders in group situations
  • A prevailing groupthink mentality
  • Overall negativity and low morale

If you observe any of these traits within your team, it’s a good indication that you are suffering from poor group dynamics. You need to take steps to correct the situation.

5 Strategies for Improving Team Dynamics

 

1. Work On Purpose

As we explained in another blog, employees are seeking purpose in their work. If you can align your team’s work with a strong purpose, this can inspire them to go beyond the compensation and provide more discretionary effort on a daily basis. They will stay longer without expecting returns because they will find their work rewarding.

One concrete way to help your team work on purpose is to create a strong mission, vision, and purpose for your company and communicate it to your team. Establishing a mission, vision, and purpose that resonates with your team is the starting point for building a positive culture within your organization.

2. Know Your Team

If you are looking to improve team dynamics, it is essential to know your team and know yourself as a leader. You should understand the strengths and weaknesses of everyone on your team, including learning styles, behavioural tendencies, and natural proclivities.

If you’re trying to build a high performance team, you should also ask the following questions:

  • Who is results-driven?
  • Who is a relationship builder?

  • Who is an innovative thinker?

  • Who is a pragmatist?

These types of individuals will be assets to a high-performance team. It is important to ensure your team includes a balance of individuals with all characteristics.

3. Define Goals, Roles & Responsibilities

Especially with a new team, it is crucial to provide direction. This can be achieved by setting goals that align with the organization’s mission, vision, and purpose. It should also be reinforced by assigning roles and responsibilities to the individuals on your team.

Roles and responsibilities help people know where they fit in the team and make them feel accountable for the team’s success. You should create realistic goals for the group, assign roles that fit the strengths of each individual, and divide work equally amongst the team. It is also important to acknowledge the contributions of each member and make them feel valued.

4. Take Quick Action When You Spot Poor Dynamics

If you see any of the common symptoms of team dysfunctions (which we described above), it is important to act quickly to prevent the negative behaviour from spreading. As soon as you identify a problem scenario, it is time to step into conflict resolution mode.

Provide the team member in question with honest feedback that emphasizes the impact of the their actions and offers a positive solution. Achieve a healthy and productive resolution to the conflict — make sure you bring the team member back into the group.

 

5. Encourage Open Communication

Teams function best when everyone is able to talk and have useful conversations with each other. Be sure to encourage open and honest communication on the team, emphasizing the value of giving and receiving feedback in a constructive way.

Our Team Dynamics Training Process

At On Purpose Consulting, our team dynamics training uses a discovery process to understand exactly what’s happening inside the organization. Our trainers will conduct a company-wide survey and interview a cross-section of the team to uncover the underlying causes of a poor team dynamic.

Then we’ll deliver actionable recommendations, based on the invisible patterns that we’ve identified in your organization, and help you create solutions to resolve the situation. These solutions may include executive coaching, coaching with individual team members, or team-building activities. Everything we do is based on real conversations and learning happens in real time.

If you’re looking for group dynamics training for your team, contact On Purpose Consulting today to get started.

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