Cultivating Teams are friendly and accepting. They make group decisions and respect the consensus. For the most part, they avoid conflict. But when it occurs, it’s addressed in a constructive manner that can strengthen relationships.

  • Cooperative
  • Supportive
  • Loyal

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Characteristics of a Cultivating Team

Natural Strengths

  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Growth & Development
  • Loyalty & Unity

Caution Areas

  • Always striving for consensus can be inefficient.
  • May struggle to come to collective decisions.
  • Performance management may suffer.

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How Cultivating Teams take action

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

Keeping meetings on task. Your team members generally enjoy each other! And while that’s mainly a strength, it can sometimes mean conversations meander and people get off topic. Allow time for some friendly banter at the start, but also set agendas and meeting goals in advance. Then, try to stick to them to ensure efficient, productive discussions.

Resolving conflict objectively. Your team may be wary of hurting each other’s feelings. So when conflict does arise, stick to the facts and try to address it without involving feelings. By considering where each person is coming from on a purely professional level, you’re more likely to reach an outcome each side is comfortable with.

Tightening execution. Your team excels at cooperation and collaboration, but execution may suffer at times. Aim to implement clear execution plans for important projects, outlining timelines, goals, and action items for each person. Then focus on how you can objectively measure the progress toward those goals, rather than gauging how people feel you’re progressing.