ou have been called to a meeting to look for ideas to improve
teamwork. There are six of you and the manager, Jane, stands withpen near the flipchart. "OK, let's have an idea then".
"We need to do each others jobs" says Laura. "Good idea" says
Jane as she scrawls it up."Fill in team member profiles", says David. "That means extra workfor me", says Jane as she hesitates, but still writes it up.
"How about bowling", throws in Jo. "I've got a bad back "pipes up
Matthew. "OK let's skip that one" says Jane."I'd like to bring in my cat
she could be our team cat" adds Jo.
Everyone laughs and Jo blushes.
Stuartsits quietly. Last time he came up with ideas they got lostsomehow.So the meeting goes on. Does it produce anything that we haven't
heard before? The idea generating element is interspersed with
some obvious, some more subtle. The manager acts asa bottle neck filtering and slowing the flow of ideas. Some team
members hardly contribute while others like to take over.
Think in terms of what you
want not what you don'twant
ane wants to make her idea meetings more effective. She starts
by asking everyone to write down the answers to a question she has
prepared on a flip.
Imagine you were part of a fantastic team, where everyone reallypulled together. What do you think would be the major driversbehind this team? Write down up to 6 top level ones. Then rankthem
Jane goes around the group collecting the drivers on a flip
thingslike team spirit, internal communication and development. They chatbriefly to confirm that they know what the headings mean and
decide on the overall ranking.Then Jane writes the first driver as a heading on a sheet of flip. Shegets another coloured pen and getsStuart up. "OK", she says to thegroup, "we want to be this fantastic team". We going to start with
this key factor. In the next four minutes I want you to give me
andStuart 50 ideas". Let's go for it".
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