Team and service development - Establishing the team and its work
The organisation has placed your team on its family tree. This is likely to be a one dimensional, administrative map, showing reporting, communication and possibly budgeting lines. This map probably determines the pattern of your team meetings: the forum for collective activity. Despite the many structural reorganisations your department is likely to have undergone in recent years, the appearance of this map has probably changed very little. It may reflect certain assumptions:
- that teams are small in number
- that they are geographically close
- that they cover one main task for their organisation and are therefore made up of people doing interchangeable jobs.
Organisations worry constantly about time spent in meetings. Individuals echo this when they complain that team meetings deal only with top-down information distribution. Team managers are often faced with running a meeting with an overlong agenda for a large group of disparate workers.
|Duration:||One and a half hours|
|Involve:||Everyone that works in the team|
|Resources:||Flipchart, paper & pens|
- Do the assumptions of the administrative map adequately describe your team?
- How many people are in the team as a whole? If more than 12, the team is probably struggling with too many cross-references to function effectively as the main channel for development.
- How geographically spread are they?
- How many teams within the team can you identify? Where does allegiance and sense of membership lie for the individual?
- How many people in the team find themselves in more than one of these groupings?
- Are there outside teams that team members also belong to: for example, a multi disciplinary mental health team or an administrative teams in the building?
- How many of these groupings are about common tasks and skills, rather than organisational titles: e.g. initial assessment, therapeutic change, risk management?
Draw a map that displays these characteristics.
- What new groupings does the map show?