Healthy dynamic teams develop creative and innovative solutions to complex problems, increase productivity, and provide colleague collaboration and support. It’s important to take a multifaceted approach to create healthy team dynamics, and to understand best practice in team development and effective problem-solving techniques and strategies. The benefits healthy team dynamics can provide include; a sense of belonging, identity and self-esteem, stress reduction and greater wellbeing.

Shared Purpose

“A team is a group of people with different abilities, talents, experience, and backgrounds who have come together for a shared purpose. Despite their individual differences, their common goals provide the thread that defines them as a team.”

Role Clarity

“[The biggest team killer] is the lack of clarity in roles and responsibilities – who does what, when, why and with whom.”      (Eduardo Salas)

Effective Communication

Good communication is the foundation of any successful relationship – personal or professional.

Elements of Effective Communication

Active Listening

Listen carefully and show interest:

Show empathy:

Clarify:

Provide feedback:

Non-Verbal Communication

For effective communication to take place, it’s also important to be mindful of non-verbal communication:

Barriers to Effective Communication

Managing Workplace Conflict

Conflict is a normal and expected part of relationships, and should be managed in a constructive way.

What Can Cause Conflict?

Effective Conflict Management

Can result in…

Increased self knowledge: Conflict forces people to explore their goals in close detail, helping them understand what is most important to them

Increased understanding: Expands awareness and insight into how their goals can be achieved without undermining the goals of others

Increased group cohesion: When managed effectively, team members strengthen mutual respect and faith in their ability to work together

Managing Conflict

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