The Star (Kenya)
DEVELOP YOUR TEAM’S SELF AWARENESS
Every team occasionally gets stuck in bad patterns or unhealthy dynamics. But if the team is aware, it can change them. As a leader, you can help team members develop meta-awareness: a capacity to help each individual notice their own perspective and that of the team. You also want to push everyone to be aware of how your company’s systems and culture shape your approach to work. This may sound complicated, but simple practices can help. Start team meetings with a short mindfulness exercise to increase steadiness and focus. Encourage team members to regularly think about patterns and dynamics by taking a deep breath and standing slightly apart from the flow of events. That will help them see things more clearly. Consider designating one team member as the “observer” of every meeting. Alternatively you could reserve 10 minutes on the meeting agenda for participants to share their observations on how the team is working together. The more self-aware your team is, the more likely it will be to self-correct, think outside the box, and air grievances.