Coming together as a team to work on specific topics is a good way to increase empowerment, commitment and accountability. A team workshop, however, shouldn’t be seen as a separate, individual event, but should instead be seen in context of the overall development stage and thus resulting needs of a team.
Two essential elements of each team are understanding the goals and objectives placed upon them by the company and other stakeholders (the “What”), and collectively defining the behavioral norms and standards they need to reach these goals (the “How”). Additionally, there are several further factors essential to high performance, including safe space (an environment in which trust and respect flourish), balanced interaction (where each team member interacts equally with the others), challenge (stretching the comfort zone) and progress (sensing forward achievement). All these elements can be addressed through team workshops – ideally in a structured, conscious and intentional manner.