Agreements are the behavioral norms that create and maintain the team dynamic: they help team members understand what they can expect of each other, and how to hold each other accountable. Cultivate team cohesion and a sense of belonging by leading your team in a workshop to articulate their agreements.
Whether your team is newly formed or has been working together for a while, make time to co-design agreements using the three steps in this template:
Surface team preferences and goals: Have each team member surface their work styles and goals for project outcomes so everyone can understand how they are showing up and what they find important.
Craft agreements: Synthesize individuals’ needs into short, memorable statements that the team can agree to.
Display them: Keep your agreements visible so they stay top of mind and can help bring new team members up to speed.
Setting these team agreements is the first step in leading your team through complex challenges and projects.
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