Every team occasionally gets stuck in bad patterns or unhealthy dynamics. But if the team is aware, it can change them. As a leader, you can help your team members develop meta-awareness: a capacity to help each individual notice their own perspective and that of the team as a whole. You also want to push everyone — including yourself — to be aware of how your company’s systems and culture shape your approach to work. This may sound complicated, but simple practices can help. Start team meetings with a short mindfulness exercise, such as a one-minute meditation, to increase steadiness, awareness, and focus. Encourage team members to regularly think about the patterns and dynamics at play during a meeting by taking a deep breath and standing slightly apart from the flow of events. That will help them see things more clearly. Consider designating one team member as the “observer” of every meeting. Their job is to keep the big picture in mind and to point out when bad habits creep in. Alternatively you could reserve 10 minutes on the meeting agenda for participants to share their observations on how the team is working together. The more self-aware your team is, the more likely it will be to self-correct, think outside the box, and air grievances in a healthy, constructive way.
Credit: Harvard Business Review