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Step-by-step corporate team building

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Sometimes it’s not clear how cross-team projects should proceed. Follow these guidelines for accomplishing as a group what individuals can’t do alone.

First, set up some basic parameters: a goal for the next meeting; roles; and type of discussion (e.g., brainstorming vs. goal setting). Be sure to include any earlier agreements.

Then use this series of framing questions. First ask: 

  • Where are we so far?
  • Can we report the status of the project’s main elements, listing everything we know?
  • What do we want to achieve at this meeting, specifically?

At the next meeting, ask:

  • What’s the best way to reach our goal for this meeting?
  • Should we brainstorm or share what we’ve prepared?
  • How should we best think this through as a group?
  • Let’s throw around a few options and work out how to move forward.

Finally, make assignments and tap the energy of the group.

  • What are our action items?
  • Who’s the best person to focus on each particular action?
  • How do we make this happen?
  • What’s our deadline? (This is essential.)
  • Next steps?

— Adapted from Quiet Leadership, David Rock, Collins.

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