Wednesday 14 February 2007

Thoughts on Team Resiliency

I was recently in South Asia, teaching and consulting on team resiliency, personal and systemic dysfunction, and core (inner) issues for mission/health care workers. There seems to be such a strong desire to further develop skills in theses areas (globally too), and to see healthy relationships permeate teams and departments. I learned so much about perseverance in relationships and inner joy from my South Asian colleagues. The food was terrific too, of course! :-) Here are the first five comments from my power point teaching on resilient teams.


1. Resilient teams have the inner strengths and external supports to:
*face difficulties
*grow through hardships
*and perform well.
2. Resilient teams are like the cactus plant… They have adapted to deserts and they have adapted to fertile soil… They can thrive in both afflictions and affluence, and everything in-between.
3. Proverbs 24: 3-4
•By wisdom a house is built
•By understanding it is established
•By knowledge its rooms are filled
with every good and precious thing.
This is a really important verse to understand and discuss. How are teams like houses? It takes intentional planning and ongoing maintenance. What are the good and precious things that fill our teams?
4. The only teeth we need to brush are the one's we want to keep. And the only teams that need to do team building, are the ones we want to keep.
5. Here is a paraphrase from Patrick Lencioni's Five Dysfunctions of a Team:
Teamwork ultimately requires practicing a small set of principles over a long period of time. Success is not a matter of mastering sophisticated theory. Rather success is from high levels of discipline and persistence. Teams succeed because they are human and they acknowledge the imperfections of their humanity.
•They trust one another
•They engage in unfiltered conflict around ideas
•They commit to decisions and plans of action
•They hold one another accountable for these plans
•They focus on achievement of collective results.
For more information on Lencioni's approach to healthy teams, see his helpful web site:

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