Whether by accident or design, we can find ourselves as part of a creative team: as creators, managers, founders, board members. In our teams, we can often get so mired in the day to day, hurly burly of activity that we can sometimes forget the ‘why’, losing the big picture in the desire to complete the next action, confusing action with achievement.
Whether you are at the beginning of your joint venture, reviewing ongoing progress, or looking to change the direction of your project, it is wise to take the opportunity now and then to take time out to refocus on your long game. The benefits can be considerable, as I have seen when working with small teams. These include: strengthening relationships; improving communication; developing the team culture; building bigger goals; boosting morale; aligning on vision and values.
One of the great joys for me in these sessions is seeing people suddenly understanding their role within the team. The detail hater revels in painting the broad stroke big picture whilst the person who feels useless in creating a long term vision hits their stride when drawing up action plans. The extrovert who loves meeting people teams up with the introvert who can create the systems. The number cruncher who sees life through a spreadsheet is balanced by the the storyteller. Team coaching is a great way to recognise what everyone brings to the party and acknowledge how all the strengths, skills and experience are necessary for collaboration, celebrating the shared goals and individual differences.
The material generated from the sessions I have run has been used by creative teams for a variety of reasons: aligning on vision; creating business plans; planning future activities; focusing on purpose; identifying what might be missing; ’rebooting' the organisations. The agenda is designed to take you from looking at the big picture of what you want to achieve with your organisation in the long term right down to the actions you will take in the next week. This is done by creating a safe space where teams can dream big and talk straight and asking lots of questions!
Contact me if your team would benefit from time to step back and see the bigger picture.