In the remote space, creating trust, safety and connection across the team is critical to surfacing the issues which need to be addressed and allowing the team to bring their best work every day. When teams are remote, it’s very easy for issues to be left, and fester, becoming even greater issues quickly.
Here’s what I shared recently at the Teams365 blog about fostering an environment where people feel safe to speak up. Check out what I wrote in Teams365 2221:
“As we wind up with our last team essential of the month, I wanted to take us into an area which is critical for team success – the ability to speak up.
When a team feels connected and safe, they are more likely to speak up. The foundation of teamwork is that the fusion of many perspectives, insights and talents is better than one person thinking alone. With this philosophy in mind, it’s very likely that there will be divergent perspectives and insights that emerge from across the team. How do you create a context in which people feel that they can share what might be perceived as oppositional insights, without being shut down?
The ability to speak up was identified as a core component for helping teams excel by Amy Edmonson from Harvard. I regularly recommend her 2011 book on Teaming to Organizations, and she has recently followed up with a new book called The Fearless Organization. Take a look at this article.
From large to small invitations there can be many different ways we foster conversation across a team. This might include:
What other barriers are being created around inviting everyone’s voice to the table?”
Have a discussion this week around what Speaking Up can look like in your team or organization, and what the value of it is.
For more on this topic check out:
Speak Up, Show Up and Stand Out – Loretta Malandro
Teaming – Amy Edmondson
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