Adapting Teams are flexible and well-equipped for change. Team members self-organize, working together when they see value in combining their individual strengths. Behavioral differences can cause conflict, but these teams are malleable enough to address it.

  • Flexible
  • Versatile
  • Equipped for change

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Characteristics of an Adapting Team

Natural Strengths

  • Can adapt to any business initiative
  • Flexibility in getting work done
  • Ability to pivot team culture as needed

Caution Areas

  • Though versatile, the team may struggle to do one thing very well.
  • Lack of a clear strategy may make it difficult to focus team efforts.
  • A wide variety of personalities may lead to communication difficulties.

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How Adapting Teams take action

Self-aware teams understand their strongest tendencies and blind spots, and they take action accordingly. Adapting Teams can take advantage of their strengths while addressing shortcomings, by:

Drafting communication guidelines. Run self-awareness sessions with each team member. Encourage pairs to use PI’s Relationship Guide to understand each other’s communication preferences. Then, draft communication guidelines for the team (e.g., when to use email vs. an in-person conversation).

Aligning on goals and accountability. Tension can arise from shifting goals and unclear accountability. Together, commit to a series of short-term goals and decide on responsible parties. Talk through the benefits and risk of each goal, and come to a consensus on how the team will support the project. Bring in an objective mediator if need be.

Assigning tasks by behavioral fit. You may encounter challenges when collaborating on well-defined tasks that require a constant, singular focus. When facing these tasks, split the team into subgroups based on similar behavioral styles. Then, assign each subgroup different tasks based on what type of work motivates them most.