As in all other fields of life, people want things faster, better and cheaper.
Education – crowded curriculum, national curriculum doesn’t include all the important things that it used to. Mainly teaching to the test.
Stress levels are up. Teachers are more stressed than the police – increased breakdowns and suicide. Reduced fun and fulfilment. How are we going to make it better?
Ray McLean’s book on teams: Any given team
Too much emphasis on competencies and skills. Focus on values and personal qualities. Commitment to do the job. Focus on character first, teach competencies later.
Give ownership whenever you can.
Despite your personality and preferred ways of doing things, you need to be flexible and don’t treat every situation and person the same way. Team needs to take ownership of what the team is doing.
Continually sell the vision.
Ideal size for a team is 5-12.
Mutual goal setting. Then work out how it will be measured and evaluated. "If it don't get measured, it don't get done."
Share the recognition and rewards - teams must do this. Acknowledge what people do well and their unique skills. Work out how to combine all as a team.
Encourage team members to have critical friends - must be open to feedback to improve.
Trust - essential within the team. Team players must be predicatable.
Sacrifice - working for others. Going beyond your own needs and assisting others in the team. Work hard for your mates.
Here are some ideas on working with a team:
- Do you hear the language of blame and excuses or the language of responsibility?
- Ask your team what they want to achieve and then work out together how to achieve it.
Finished with these questions:
- Can I still make a difference as I am in the role that I’m on – or do I have to reinvent myself to make a difference?
- Do I still have the passion and the health to do what I need to do?
- Am I still respected by those that I serve?
- How’s your attitude?