Team Talk

Team Talk

"Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work."

-Vince Lombardi



Over the years, I’ve been invited to sit in and observe meetings of management teams.  I generally don’t have a speaking role; I’m just there to gain valuable background information about the organization and some of its strengths and challenges. 

Here are some behaviors I look for in the group setting that help determine the effectiveness of the meeting, as well as the team itself:

• Is there a clear understanding about why the topic is being discussed?

• What is the purpose of the discussion?

 Is it:

   Information sharing?

   Problem analysis?

   Problem solving?

   Assignment of blame?

   Excuse embracing?

   Delaying of action?

   Determining action steps to be taken?

• How effective is the leader of the meeting?

• Who is:

            • The Mediator?

            • The Summarizer?

            • Keeping the meeting on track/managing time?

            • Dominating the discussion?

            • Seeking the opinions of those who might be more reserved?

            • Introducing solutions?

            • Demonstrating possibility thinking?

            • Stating reasons why things can’t be done?

• To what extent is there a commitment to follow up or follow through?

• What unspoken tensions seem to be present?


Effective team communication is the building block of an effective-and succussful-organization.  How is your Team Talk?

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