“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” ~ Jane Howard
Often it’s not the external or obvious challenges that kill a team. It’s the subtle stuff. The underlying fears. The suspicions or frustrations that nobody talks about openly. The unspoken rules of engagement. In other words, the team’s culture. Here are 9 subtle messages that sometimes infect a leadership team.
Nothing turns a powerful team toxic and ineffective more quickly than undermining messages like these:
Do any of these messages show up on your team? If so, which ones? How strongly do they influence the culture of your organization?
What if you started living out the opposite message on your team (listed below)? What strength would become available to you then? What gift would it bring to your team?
Michael D. Warden is the founder and president of the Ascent Coaching Group, Inc and blogs regularly on leadership, team dynamics, and culture change at MichaelWarden.com.
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