how the team walks in

How your team walks into team meetings says a lot about their trust with each other.

One of the best organizations I know of is a large manufacturing organization that is well-respected by their employees, the employee’s family members, and the communities where they have factories. When you walk into their team meeting it is like walking into a dinner with old friends. It is the very manifestation of a cohesive leadership team.

They shake hands. They ask about each other’s families. They ask how employee are doing in each other’s teams. They are smiling and laughing. Not everyone is on time every time at each meeting. When someone is late, they acknowledge them, “Hey Scott! Is everything okay? We were just getting started.” Their behaviors demonstrate their trust and openness with each other.

What I don’t see them do that I see most other teams do: walk in talking on the phone, sit down and flip-up their tablet, and begin responding to emails with minimal conversation with each other. The lack of trust is palpable in these teams. The meetings start with team members who show little interest in each other.

Next time you have a team meeting. Get to the room before everyone and watch how they treat each other as one by one they show up. It will show you exactly where you need to do more work on trust.

2 thoughts on “how the team walks in

  1. WOWŠ this is one of the BEST! Thanks for this insight. Talk about the benefits of time management!!! Do you mind if I forward these to folks on my team?

    JT

    PS: Let¹s reconnect soon.

    From: “chrisjenson.com” Reply-To: “chrisjenson.com” Date: Monday, April 2, 2018 at 8:34 AM To: Jonathan Thalberg Subject: [New post] how the team walks in

    > WordPress.com > Chris Jenson posted: “How your team walks into team meetings says a lot about > their trust with each other. One of the best organizations I know of is a > large manufacturing organization that is well-respected by their employees, > the employee¹s family members, and the communiti” >

    • Wow! So encouraging, JT! Of course you can share. It’s an honor you would even ask me that. 🙂

      I get back to the NW next week! Let’s set up a time to connect for sure!

      —CJ

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