A Few Notes From Cheryl
Holiday gratitude: We are so grateful for you - our clients and friends – that you bring your teams, organizations and leadership skills to the work that we do together. It is your support of our programs that helps us continue growing and evolving to better serve you and the clients you refer to us. It is truly an honor to do what I do every day (it’s hard to call it “work”!), and I am so grateful for each and every one of you. Thank you for your continued referrals and support of Goals InSight!
Best wishes for a meaningful and joyful holiday season,
Goals InSight team - Cheryl, Susan and Sharon
December 8 Teleclass: Please join us for an open forum discussion on the topic of “Year-End Completions – What and How Will Your Team Celebrate?” This will be a “live,” interactive discussion, so be sure to bring your ideas and questions to this last teleclass of 2010. See information on our Speaking page for details and to register for this f-r-e-e teleclass. “See” you on the call!
Wondering how to help your team celebrate year-end successes this month? You’re welcome to call me at (510) 482-8987 and I’ll help you brainstorm some ideas. Also, be sure to come to this month’s teleclass. If you want to explore how we at Goals InSight might help your team celebrate through a facilitated team retreat, off-site or virtual event, be sure to contact us asap, as December is filling up!
Planning for your new Board in January or February? Several of you have asked me how to help your Board create a solid foundation for your work together, build accountability structures and have fun doing it! If you are a member of a new Board of Directors starting in 2011, now is the time to plan for successful communications and interactions together. If you’re looking for ideas, feel free to call me and we can discuss your Board’s specific needs. You can also see details about our Jump Start program which has been a successful program for Boards. In just two short sessions, your new Board can Jump Start their way to success!
Feature Article: "Year-End Completions” This month’s feature article is an introduction to this month’s teleclass. Read on...
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Feature Article: Year-End Completions
I love this time of year – year end! Why? Because December, for me, is a time of completion as well as reflection…a time to close out the current year with intentionality and recognition of lessons learned, accomplishments and areas in which I’ve changed, so that I can then begin the new year with specific intentions that are meaningful and important moving forward.
Has your team forgotten how to celebrate?
One of the biggest challenges that I see with the teams we work with is that teams forget to stop and celebrate their accomplishments, especially at year end! Most teams complete one project or initiative, and then move on to the next project, often without so much as taking a breath in between! Does that sound familiar? Remember that when team members are recognized for job well done, they are more engaged in team/organizational objectives and typically want to continue their performance – success breeds success!
Let’s see if there might be a way to end 2010 with some acknowledgments of all that has been accomplished and all that has been learned….
Questions to Consider
Here are some specific places to look to learn more about your team:
- Slow Down / Pause: How often does your team slow down and pause between projects or initiatives? When was the last time your team hit the “pause” button when a project or initiative was completed? Or, does your team typically say “whew, glad that’s over” and then move on to the next project almost without even thinking? In the work that I do with teams, we make sure to build in time to pause so that the team literally gets to breathe a bit before moving on to the next project or initiative.
- Reflect: When was the last time your team got together to reflect on the learnings of your project or accomplishments, and look at all of the things the team did well, things that could have been improved, or both? I would suggest that you do both. First, look at all of your successes – not only is that fun, but it helps your team recognize its “wins” which then helps your team continue maintaining their momentum! Then, look at the things that your team could have done things differently – where could they have taken different actions? Where could they have interacted better together in order to enhance the team’s relationships (particularly trust, respect and camaraderie) in order to be a high-performing team? Where could the team have executed better on the team or organization’s mission, vision and values? Most importantly – what did your team LEARN from all of these experiences.
- Get Specific: This is the time to be very specific about not only your team’s “wins” and successes, but also your team’s challenges and “failures” (in team coaching, we use that word “failure” lightly and actually celebrate the “failures” because there is lots to learn from them!). I invite you and your team to brainstorm ALL of the wins/successes as well as challenges/failures so that you can really see this past year for what it was.
- Celebrate and Learn: For each item on your list, find a way to celebrate and learn from both your successes and failures! This is a fun way to acknowledge everything that your team did as well as who they were during this past year. If you’re stuck on ideas or examples of ways to help your team celebrate, be sure to come to this month’s teleclass, because that’s exactly what we’ll be talking about!
- Hold a Team-Specific Event: Consider what you want to recognize and celebrate about your team, and hold an event this December to close out the year with that recognition. Some teams we work with hold an end-of-year off-site retreat or virtual meeting to both celebrate their successes and align the team for the coming year. For example, one team we worked with held a mid-December retreat where I helped them celebrate their successes, get clarity on the team’s values as well as their vision, broke down their historical silos that prevented them from being even more successful, created a set of team agreements, and wrapped up the day with a white elephant gift exchange!). The benefits to this team “gelling” as a team were tremendous, as you can probably imagine.
- Enjoy! However you decide to bring your team’s celebrations and learnings to a close, enjoy this time. This can often be a hectic time of year, so take the time to help your team have some fun together. They’ll appreciate it, and will likely be more committed to each other and being successful as a result!
You and your team's success is our priority, so if you’d like some help with creating a meaningful celebration for your team, we would be happy to talk with you about how we might support you and your team for a productive and meaningful year end. Feel free to call me at (510) 482-8987 or send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org - it would be a pleasure to help you close the year out right with your team!
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"Year-End Completions: What and How Will Your Team Celebrate?"
2010 Teleclass Series
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Pacific / 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern
Open discussion forum to learn how to:
- Help your team build camaraderie and complete 2010 on a high note by celebrating your accomplishments
- Create a special, end-of-year celebration for your team
- Reward and recognize your team in a way that is meaningful for them
- Share ideas and “best practices” with other teleclass participants on all of the above
For more details and to register click HERE
Team Building Events and Off-Site Meetings:
Could your team use some help to be more cohesive?
Is it time to enhance your team's relationships and productivity?
Some teams know that something isn't working, but they don't know exactly what that is or how to improve it. Some organizations hold team building seminars and employee retreats because they know it's time to enhance their teams' productivity and relationships. Do either of those statements describe you/your team? If so, and if you haven't already contacted us to discuss your needs, feel free to give us a call to see if we can help you.
We offer a variety of programs to enhance the performance of your teams as well as improve the ways in which your teams interact, so we invite you to visit our Team Building, Training and Seminar page. This is a great way to show appreciation for your team and enhance their productivity, thereby improving the bottom line for your organization!
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