If the Supreme Court can label a corporation “person”, I think it’s okay for me to refer to a team “individual.” The question is, does your team suffer from congestion, fatigue, mild fatigue, and watery eyes after a time of high performance? Is your team suffering from a common cold or congestion?
Congested people are those who have a cold. It is almost as if no new ideas are flowing. You may hear a lot of noise, but there are few positive outcomes. Some people may experience watery eyes and act out as if they don’t see the world around them. The team might also experience mild fatigue. Where is the energy? Everything moves at a snail’s pace. However, unlike the common cold, which can be cured in 7-10 days, a team’s illness will not go away even if everyone is allowed to rest and drinks plenty of fluids.
Every member of the team must step up to help their teammates. Antibiotics aren’t what I am referring to. Three steps are necessary to get your team off the sickliest and back to productive work.
1. Diagnosis is crucial for the treatment of a team cold.
Without understanding the cause, you can’t give a treatment plan. What have you and your team seen in the past few weeks or months? Have you been involved in a new or ongoing project? Are there any management changes? What about differences in policies or management? It is crucial to know what has changed because change can lead to a team breaking down. Talk to your colleagues. Ask your teammates open-ended questions to find out what has changed. The personal reactions to the change are what you want to find out. Ask yourself, “How is it going?” You might ask a friend or colleague if you are in a good relationship. What can I do to help? Be non-judgmental. Remember that we are diagnosing, not treating.
Once the cause has been determined, it is time to begin the treatment. A team meeting is the first step in treating a cold. You want to let the “poisons”, just like a sauna treatment, out there. Often, individual teammates don’t realize that others feel the same way about the change. A team meeting can help them see the impact that a change has on their teammates. Some people may not be aware of the additional work, lost responsibility, or lack of process clarity. Everyone should have the opportunity to speak up and be heard. Once you have identified the problems, you can create a plan. The most effective way to get rid of the cold is for the team to work together. The prescription should be developed by all teammates. With a time frame, it is essential to outline clear steps towards a solution.
All prescribed actions must be taken on time. The responsibility to treat the cold is maintained by following up. Each member of the team must take responsibility for solving the problem. To ensure that there are no lingering symptoms, a meeting should be held after treatment. Is the cold under control? Are there other problems? If everyone agrees that the symptoms of mild fatigue, congestion, and watery eyes are gone, you can declare your team to be healthy again. Regular visits to the doctor are essential for maintaining good physical health. Prescription meetings and diagnoses are also good for your team’s overall health.