Team Development Tools

We have worked a lot with teams and team development, both R&D development teams and leadership teams.  In this work we have had the fortune to validate the effectiveness of a range of tools to improve team connection, foster psychological safety and help teams to develop to the later stages of Susan Wheelan's team development model, IMGD.

Also in team development, we take a holistic approach. Weaving IMGD with vertical development, the relational organization, complexity theory and social systems. 

Here, we share those tools. Because everyone deserves to belong to a well functioning, high performing team.

Please enjoy them indulgently, and please feedback your experience, or additions.

TEAM CONNECTION & PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY

Without human to human connection any team will be powerless. To shape psychological safety, we need to dare to show ourselves, and meet in authenticity. Embracing our differences as strengths. These powerful tools will help you start that journey.

Curiosity Game

Let's play together, and let your curiosity guide you to get to know your team mates better. One of our absolute favourites. A must do!

 

For team building & connection. To shape belonging. Also a great start of a longer co-creative meeting or workshop to take off in the right way.

4 Ways of Knowing

A check in practice that goes a bit deeper. For the team that wants to shift the dialogue to a more connecting one, opening up to each other. But also to explore your full sensing instrument. Mind, Body, Heart and Spirit. 

Positive Written Feedback

This is a beautiful practice where you tell all your team mates what you really appriciate with them. 

We have never seen a better way to create open hearted connection in a team than this. A lovebomb! 

Psychological Safety Workshop

A short, fun and effective workshop to start building psychological safety from a little deeper place. Shaping awareness of what to let go of/let come to shape trust and connection in a team.

Appreciative Team
Feedback

Feedback works best when it is positive. This tool helps you to give concrete, positive feedback on when you team mates have made your life easier, and what they are really awesome at...  Try it!

Dialogue Walk

A dialogue in pairs. One shares a story while the other listens without interrupting. Given quality space and time to think, people discover surprising insights and wisdom within themselves. 

Great for opening for dialogue and listening in a team.

TEAM FOUNDATION 

To form a team, some foundational aspects need to be in place. These tools will help you with just that. These are as important as the connection and psyhchlological safety tools above.

Team Charter

An overview to visualize & agree (and re-negotiate) the very foundations of being a team. 

Why you exist. What value you create. How you want to be with each other. Who your main stakeholders are, and what  exploration/improvement to focus on the coming period.

With this foundation set, you can start building your team, and your output.

Stakeholder Mapping

No man is an island. Niether is any team. This tool will help you mapping your stakeholders, and assess which relations are good, and which need to be improved. 

This is a must for any team caring for their stakeholder relations. 

Team Values, Principles
and Rituals

Who do you want to have been when you leave work? When you retire?

Based on these two big inquiries, you will derive your team's values, shape principles based on these values and start to adjust and shape your team's recurring rituals and meetings to honour your values and principles. Enabling for all of you to show up as you want to.

A deep and powerful tool. 

Team Mission

Team mission is the organisational reason a team exist. Aligning this with personal motivators releases power and engagement. Also, alignment on what your team should be up to is shaped. Within the team, and among your stakeholders.

Team Purpose

When you do what you do, working in  line with your team mission, what value do you enable? In your product/service? For the customer? For society? For the world?

This tool has been a game changer for some teams, realizing what they are part of enabling for the world. Both in hard and soft terms.

Stakeholders

A team is at their best when their relation with their stakeholders benefit both them and the stakeholder. Here are a few tools to help you on that path. Try them. Seriously! DO!

Stakeholder Interview

A beautiful tool that you really should do with all your stakeholders, AND all your team members. It really helps seeing the world from the eyes of the other. One of the most powerful tools we have come across. 

Stakeholder Interview Questionnaire Form

A questionnaire form for the Stakeholder Interview. Print it, and use it to hold space for your dialogue.

SOS Reflective Team Dialogue

A tool to help your team reflect, and hold a dialogue on the perspectives of Self, Other and System. This may be an eye opener to what views you share, and what you want to address together.

Meetings & Team Practices

Meetings can be valuable, joyful, creative energisers in the workday. They can also be quite the opposite. The selection of tools in this section will help you to actively pursue the first, and avoid the latter. Use them and make them yours.

I Do A R T

Any meeting need a clear and agreed Intention. And a desired outcome. We would suggest it is better to spend the  entire meeting on setting these, than to run away with differing views on why you are here.

This is a MUST for all recurring meetings. For all meetings, really.

Better Meetings

This is a collection of practices to make your meetings more effective, more fun and more human. Try them, and see which ones you like.

Planning Week - a team guide

A simple guide on how to approach your team planning, including your stakeholders in your planning. 

This have added great value to many, many teams.

Learning Experiments - Improve Team Practices

A tool to help you assess the value of your recurring meetings and activities, and shape learning experiements to make a go for a better tomorrow.

Team Retrospective

This is a retrospective on the perspectives that really count. And we mean REALLY count. Addressing the relational aspects of the team. 

Try it for a few months, and reap the sweet fruits.

Team Collaboration

These are a collection of great tools for improved team collaboration. From agreeing on mutual expectations on each other, to identifying how your are dependent on each other, to conflict handling and resolution tools. Enjoy responsibly!

Dependency Dialogue

Having done this in several leadership teams, and development teams, we say just one thing. DO IT! It is worth every second you invest in the dialogue, times 10.

Dependency Dialogue Questionnaire Form

A questionnaire form for the dependency dialogue. Print it, and use it to hold space for your dialogue.

Release Tension in Conflict

This is a beautiful way to release tension in any conflict, or dialogue with conflicting interests. Based on human developmental psychology, it is as simple as it may be difficult. 

Responsibility Collaboration Dialogue

One of the simplest, and most powerful workshop formats we have seen to address responsibility splits in a group or a team. 

DEAR - Conflict Resolution

A process to address and release conflict. It is really good, for small and big. Set aside enought time though. We humans tend to need it.

That's it, my friend. We hope you enjoyed it. If you miss anything, please get in touch. We tailor tools and workshops to any situation.