705: Building Powerful Teams by Overcoming Avoidance and Freeing the Elephants in the Room | Sessions
The strongest teams are not the ones without conflict; the strongest teams are those that know how to have conflict and thrive because of it. When teams are psychologically safe and adaptive, team members can be their whole authentic selves, they can ask questions, take risks, be able to fail, and disagree. There is a commitment to constant exploring, experimenting, and evolving on an individual level and as a team. Great teams do not happen by chance - they are built by choice. But what if people aren't able or don't know how to engage in honest conversations that are candid, compassionate, and curious? Then the room fills with avoidance and elephants start to take up space. Now our teams are not only avoiding conflict, but connection as well. To overcome our avoidance of the problem, we need to understand how and why we are feeding the elephant. By taking a Curiosity First Approach, we increase ownership, have kind and candid conversations, and build more powerful partnerships.
- Identify common avoidant behaviors and human factors that drive them.
- Examine when avoidance may be appropriate and necessary.
- Discover different "elephants" that can emerge.
- Explore and apply the Curiosity First Model of Coaching.