How To Achieve Team Resilience
Many organisations place importance on the ability of their employees to demonstrate resilience. There is no doubt that resilience is a desirable competency in individuals, but in our experience having individuals who are also able to achieve team resilience, is perhaps of even greater importance. This is because team resilience is a factor that is present in all high functioning teams, and it becomes even more critical to a team’s chances of success in times of change and challenge.
Most teams have been through immense shifts and challenges in the last two years. Whilst things may have stablised a little, a team’s evolvement does not stop just because the pace of change has slowed to a more comfortable level. As working patterns stabilise, organisations are guilty of not investing in teams who continue to evolve. Many hold high expectations of a team’s ability to adapt, even when a team has experienced high challenge and uncertainty.
Individual Resilience Is Different to Team Resilience
One of the main problems is that there is often an expectation that individual resilience levels will guide a team to react and perform effectively. This thinking is flawed as it fails to recognise that individual and team resilience are unconnected. Individual resilience is built independently, whilst team resilience has to be led and cultivated. It requires leaders to prepare teams and build the connections that team resilience relies upon.
Practical Support To Achieve Greater Team Resilience
There are no short cuts to improving team resilience, it requires a team to be given the time and support to practise and understand their response to challenge. Therefore, taking the time to invest in a ‘Team Reset Event’ and then following it up with regular ‘Team Pitstops’ is a mark of enhanced team resilience levels. For this reason, DCo run practical team development options that allows teams to spend a focused amount of time together. These events can be tailored to enable teams to set bespoke objectives and address specific challenges. Our 3 and 5 day Team Reset Residentials can be held in our exclusive use facility on the West Pembrokeshire Coast or at a venue of your choice.
What Is A Team Reset Event
A Reset Event is an investment in the current state of a team to build greater team resilience. This is achieved by improving the mental modes the team operates, and building awareness and techniques to demonstrate the behaviours that are required in high functioning teams. Investing in a team outside of their day-to-day operations reaps long lasting benefits.
A Team Reset is a brilliant way to open the team’s awareness of their current level of connection and understanding. In current times, team connections are stretched and lowered by a number of factors. Whatever the precise experience of a team – hybrid working, virtual onboarding, team structure changes – many factors play a part in altering the way that teams operate and not all changes that a team experiences will support people’s ability to demonstrate those behaviours that exist in a resilient and high performance environment. Taking the time to cultivate awareness and build connections in person is an essential part of improving a team’s mental mode.
What Happens Next?
Sometimes described as team ‘temperature checks’, taking time after a Reset Event to lead scheduled stops that address the progress and challenges of a team is always beneficial. This is because just being part of a team, even with a clear purpose, is not enough on its own to achieve synergy, the right culture or high performance.
The mental mode of a team needs to be both both accurate and shared in order for the team to be truly effective. Having a shared mental mode is the key factor in whether you can be confident in how a team will react in adversity. Teams with a disparity of mental modes will often fail quickly and spectacularly to the cost of the organisation and the team’s leadership.
Get In Touch
Get your team ready for the challenges of the next twelve months. Our Team Reset Events schedule is open for 2023. If you have a team that needs to build its connections and improve team resilience levels just get in touch.