Teams are fundamental to your business

They make things, accomplish tasks, provide services, offer advice and try to achieve goals. Today, more and more companies are adjusting to the concept of hybrid teams that come in a variety of sizes and types. At Wild Thinking, we thought we’d share some team types that we have come across to help you navigate your day-to-day.

 

Functional Teams perform specific functions in an organisation. They include members from the same department or work area who meet regularly. A manager holds the primary responsibility, with subordinates reporting to this person. Often, these are permanent.

Cross-Functional Teams work across functions, or specialties, of the organisation bringing people with separate areas of expertise to work together; they are usually at about the same hierarchical level and can often make decisions without management. Often, these are temporary.

Leadership Teams take a strategic role in guiding business decisions. They are made up of leaders from varied departments. The goals of leadership teams are generally aligned with the mission and vision of the company.

Self-Directed (Managed) Teams operate without managers, and no one is in a position of authority. They are designed to give employees a feeling of empowerment and ownership of the job.

Task Forces are generally a cross-section of experts joined together to solve a well-defined and temporary assignment. They have a sense of autonomy and don’t need to constantly consult superiors to get things done.

Virtual Teams are comprised of members who are not located in the same physical place using technology and specific skills to achieve a common goal. They tend to be more task and project-oriented and less about social interaction.

Hybrid Teams are a flexible work structure where some employees work remotely, and other team members work from a central location or office. Hybrid team structures allow employees to decide whether they prefer an office environment or working from anywhere remotely.

At Wild Thinking, we think it’s a good idea for all teams to take time out together to consider how best to adjust and adapt to hybrid working in 2022.

Why use a Wild Thinking facilitator?

We gel your group by engaging hearts and minds; that you can be a participant; that individuals won’t dominate discussions and that groups stay on topic generating clear follow-up.  Let us help you plan some team-together time in 2022.

What is a facilitator?

Someone who helps a group to work together to get better results. We are there to create an environment where people can show up at their best. We do this by focusing on the process, not on the actual content of the conversation. We leave that bit to you!

The Five Behaviors for Virtual Teams

 

Are your teams struggling right now with in-person training on hold? People and organisations everywhere are trying to adjust to their new normal of working remotely, and it’s a serious challenge for many. But the reality is, without effective teamwork and cohesion, success may be out of reach.

To help support your business during difficult times, we’ve partnered with Patrick Lencioni to introduce a new way to bring The Five Behaviors Personal Development virtually to you.  It’s called The Five Behaviors® for Virtual Teams learning experience!

What is The Five Behaviors® for Virtual Teams?

The Five Behaviors for Virtual Teams is a learning experience extension of The Five Behaviors Personal Development Solution with the goal to help learners develop the critical skills and behaviors to work effectively with others in the virtual workplace. The learning experience has three key components, here is how it works:

1. Complete The Five Behaviors Personal Development assessment. Each participant will start by purchasing and completing the assessment to better understand their strengths and challenges within the Five Behaviors model for teamwork.

  2. Watch “The Five Behaviors for Virtual Teams,” with Patrick Lencioni. You’ll hear Pat’s unique insights on the challenges teams are currently facing and the behaviors needed to work together effectively. Dr. Mark Scullard introduces The Five Behaviors for Virtual Teams learning experience and connects for learners the key ideas that Pat introduces.

  3. Wild Thinking will deliver the new 90-minute Personal Development virtual facilitation as a follow-up training. Deliver this facilitation after watching the virtual event with Pat.  You will walk away with an understanding of how to apply key principles from The Five Behaviors model to virtual teamwork that can be customised to your organisation’s needs.

Discover Everything DiSC

Curious about personal development?  Why not get in touch to discuss online Everything DiSC assessments that measure your individual tendencies and priorities.  To put it simply these tools are designed to help you understand your work-related behaviours, the behaviours of others and how to apply this knowledge to work situations.

 

How to Facilitate a Great Team Refresh Workshop

What is a Team Refresh Workshop? In short, it is an opportunity to take time out together, to check in with how everyone is doing, to look at what is working well and what needs to change. It is about engagement and communication.

Why now? The window of opportunity is short if teams want things to be different in the future. Unless they take time out to pause and reflect, things will return quickly to the way they were and the moment for change will have passed. With the right approach, team refresh sessions can be engaging, positive, and massively valuable – helping team members to share their thoughts openly, to identify potential opportunities, and to align around change.

Who is it for? Really anyone that is working in a team that has been affected by what has been happening in the last few months. It is for anyone who cares about how the future looks and wants to open up the conversation with their team, identify changes that need to be made and get things done.

What will look we be looking at?

This will be a proper, practical “how to” session. We will be covering:

  • why having a facilitator is a good idea
  • how to design a session that flows well
  • encouraging openness and creativity
  • building engagement
  • making decisions and reaching alignment

Plus, everyone that attends will receive a specially created “How to run a great team refresh workshop guide”

When is it and how do I join?

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvdu-ppjIvE9FViZd9HPFbKf8ZC5ZsVXwM

12th August at 4.00pm. You can find the registration link above or in this video. We look forward to seeing you there.

Virtually time to think differently

Tough times call for tough decisions, but business success is about more than just what is right for the short term.

Success comes from thinking differently, seeing opportunities further down the line and building strategies for the future. Most importantly, it is about making sure that your people are up for the challenge, motivated and always looking for the next opportunity to improve performance.  Wild Thinking works with all sorts of companies to help them to :

  • Develop team performance
  • Make sure that people are working to their strengths
  • Improve leadership
  • Boost workforce engagement
  • Decide on winning strategies

 

We don’t come with the answers. It’s your business and nobody knows it better than you.

What we can do is to help you to look at challenges with fresh eyes and bring some powerful coaching and facilitation tools to help you to think big and work smarter.

Wild Thinking Facilitators offer virtual workshops that could help you and your team get back on track.

Thinking Differently – Join our online workshop

 

What good are lots of ideas unless you move to action? Simon Coker takes a locked-down look at how you can focus on finding the right ideas to put into action.

Join us for an online workshop looking at “Thinking Differently” on Thursday at 1.00 pm.

Click here to register https://lnkd.in/eed_DT4

Thinking Differently – Join our online workshop

 

Generating creative ideas in business is not difficult. We can all do it if we follow three simple steps – understand the status quo, challenge the rules, and get into open mode.

Register for our workshop on Thinking Differently on Thursday 30th at 1.00 pm.

https://lnkd.in/gCQ9cNk

Thinking Differently

 

The call to “think differently” doesn’t always land well. People might want to avoid looking daft. Maybe they simply don’t see themselves as being creative or maybe they think they are already doing their best. Surely this is a time when we need to innovate more than ever and the good news is that anyone can think differently.

All we need is a clear sense of “Why”, a bit of structure, and an appetite for change.

Simon Coker shares his thoughts on how you can frame the need for change and start to engage the full talents present in your team. We are running a free online workshop on Thursday 30th at 1.00 pm. It would be great to have you there.  You can register here: https://lnkd.in/gCQ9cNk