Teams get stuck. And when they do? An external perspective and facilitation that surfaces core issues can break through old patterns to build collaboratively toward a new way of doing things. This looks and feels differently for each team. It can mean transforming paradigms, mending and tending team dynamics, building toward an employee-centered culture, or taking a next step together.
As team dynamics are unique, Into Right Relationship doesn’t use a standardized approach. Instead, we begin and end with employee experiences. Harnessing the insights of all team members, our facilitators co-create models and cultures honoring everyone.
Our Human Approach to Team Work
Teams are complex organisms – on one hand, they are a unit working together. On the other hand, they are a collection of individuals with their own distinct characteristics. By working in a parallel process that supports individuals and teams at the same time, we create the kind of change that sticks around long after the facilitators have left the room.
Naming The Thing And Staying With It
Those things we pretend are invisible? Oftentimes, they are bright yellow; neon even. At Into Right Relationship, we don’t walk away from the issues we can’t name. Instead, we go toward them to gain a shared understanding of what is in the room.
Equalizing Power In The Room
If you are in the room, then you are at the table with valuable insights to inform understanding and collaboration. We engage everyone as equals regardless of role or pay grade.
Listening Fully And Communicating Directly
We’ll practice this (again and again and again) so that you can build skills individually and as a team. Effective communication allows you to get up close to the issues at hand with compassion for one another and an openness to move forward together.
Designing Solutions With (Not For) Teams
You are the experts in your business. After naming, equalizing, and listening together, we build scaffolding to facilitate change driven by you and your team.
While each Team Work collaboration is unique, we often incorporate the following elements into our design, offering both in-person and virtual options.
We start at the individual-level, exploring root issues and supporting each team member in clearly naming their experience and needs. We help individuals consider how they can contribute meaningfully to change.
Full team coaching sessions
While folks are working individually, we facilitate full team coaching sessions. Our facilitators draw on insights gleaned from individual sessions to bring issues and concerns to the forefront of team work. With challenges named and heard, we facilitate the co-creation of agreements that map out individual and collective ways of doing things differently.
Collectively, your team will design an accountability structure to ensure follow-up and follow-through.
The types of team work we facilitate include:
- Providing coaching to businesses or teams in transition willing to seize the right moment for a culture change/shift;
- Bridging disconnects or dismantling upstairs/downstairs dynamics to transform the way management and staff relate;
- Designing feedback loops to ensure that managers have a strategy for gleaning insights from their team;
- Tending to broken team cultures and creating a dynamic that equalizes everyone’s voice; and
- Creating a management review process rooted in staff-informed assessment and feedback.