I recently facilitated a session where a team were set a task which made them confront their own personal prejudices and beliefs, some of which they may not even have been aware of…..
However, what the task also did, was to prod at the very nerve centre of their moral compass. You see, in this scenario, possible life and death decisions were being made.
Some of the team decided that they were not prepared to make those decisions and abstained from the process. This resulted in a split in the group and when it came to making those hard decisions, they could not reach a consensus. The result? Failure for the whole group, conflict amongst team members, and some very heated exchange of views.
I wish I could have recorded what followed though, as it was a salutary lesson in compromise, understanding and conciliation.
The team decided that in order to be able to function together for the next task, they would talk through their differences, consider the polar opposite views, and reach an understanding and a new set of team rules which would enable them to move forwards.
So much so that they completed the following task within the timescale and to a very high standard. Smiles and high fives all round!
Some pertinent Q&A’s
Was this easy? No
Were personal views abandoned? No
Did they agree ground rules for moving on? Yes
Did they have a designated leader? No
How many teams faced with a similar set of circumstances would have crumbled and ceased to be? Sound familiar? It probably does as most of us have been in these situations.
The lesson here is that throughout the life of your team you may well be faced with curve balls or situations that test your togetherness, your teamwork, your integrity, your very reason for being.
If you are in a high performing team, then this can be difficult to deal with; all teams at some stage in their lifetime are likely to be faced with storming a situation in order to move back to performing.
Here at Thinktastic, we can help your teams through those challenging periods; to enable and empower you with the tools that when the situation is presented, you are able to effectively deal with it. Turn the challenge into an opportunity to improve, to grow, to become extraordinary.
We call it team resilience.
If you suspect that your team may be on the verge of throwing their toys out of the pram, give us a call.