My post of 20 October explained how 18 people had set out on a journey to become team resilience facilitators. They have now completed the second workshop and have all qualified in using the Strengthscope psychometric. Congratulations to each one of them – they worked hard.
Each of them has a burning desire to support teams to face on-going pressure without experiencing unhealthy stress. They appreciate that resilient teams are supportive and productive in the face of uncertainty and changing demands. Working with our definition of resilience as being about strength and flexibility in challenging times, our approach focuses on strengths as the bedrock of personal and team resilience.
Our aim throughout the workshop was to provide them with:
- an appreciation of the power of strengths to motivate individuals and enhance team productivity;
- evidence from a range of settings about the power of a strengths approach to developing teams and team leadership;
- tools and techniques for developing personal and team development.
Within team development we have four outcome areas, identified from our research and work with a range of clients. These are:
- clarity of team purpose and direction: everyone must be engaged in a purposeful way that identifies with the overall purpose of the team;
- team dynamics: the positive ways of working together to deliver the desired results, through support, challenge and the valuing of differences;
- a focus on quality and care: behaviours, processes and systems must be directed towards providing quality services that indicate a care for all;
- relationships and networks: sustaining positive connections in recognition that working with others is the best way to achieve outstanding success.
The facilitators now have the resources and skill to work in these four outcome areas with teams, responding to their particular needs. Working with personal and team strengths will enable the team members to build on their successes and overcoming any limiting weaknesses.
The range of tools and techniques means that each facilitator can be responsive to the different teams and their needs, also respecting their own preferences for designing and delivering personal and team interventions. The outcome areas and strengths-focus provide a core around which they can build a way of working that suits them and responds to the needs of the many different teams they will be working with.
Take the first step towards personal and team resilience where you work – get in touch now.
You are always welcome to contact us,
Mary & John