Characteristics of an Anchoring Team
- Strikes a balance between process and people
- Delivers new processes for internal purposes
- Steadiness, cooperation, and dependability
- An inward focus at the cost of external-facing tasks
- A tendency to overformalize processes
- An occasional lack of agility
How Anchoring Teams take action
Self-aware teams understand their strongest tendencies and blind spots, and they take action accordingly. Anchoring Teams can take advantage of their strengths while addressing shortcomings, by:
Breaking from process on occasion. Your team is adept at putting together processes that solidify internal protocols. But that may come at the cost of agility, when an unexpected need to shift or adapt arises. Set the expectation that it’s okay to break from process when the circumstances call for it, and encourage team members to expedite things as needed.
Establishing a conflict resolution process. Your team thrives on process, but may not be inclined to address conflict head-on. To mitigate this, implement a RACI metric, to help team members understand who’s: Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, and Informed. Utilize this metric, along with PI’s Relationship Guide, when a conflict arises, to ensure fairness and efficiency.
Improving your meetings. Play to the varying preferences of your team members by sending agendas in advance of meetings, while reiterating there will be a live discussion. This will cater to those who want to be prepared and gather their thoughts in advance, as well as team members who prefer to talk their ideas out, ultimately increasing the likelihood of everyone being heard.