All of us remember the Hans Christian Andersen fable of the emperor who was deceived into thinking he was wearing beautiful new garments. These garments, he was told, were invisible to those who were stupid or incompetent. The emperor, not wanting to appear stupid or incompetent, parades through the crowd wearing only his underwear. The crowd plays along because THEY don’t want to appear stupid or incompetent either. It isn’t until a small child cries out the truth (uh...he’s not wearing any clothes, folks), that everyone is forced to admit the reality of the situation.
Oh, the business lessons we can learn from this story!
When teams can’t or won’t be open and honest with each other, they are simply parading around in false clothing. You become your own worst enemy. Organizations desperately want to be led by people willing to do the right thing, and make the hard calls. That’s what healthy teams do.
To become a healthy team, you need to “get naked” the right way:
For some teams, having an outside facilitator can be extremely beneficial. If you think you need one...get one. Becoming a healthy team takes time and practice. Be kind. Be patient. Be intentional.
Do what it takes to be a great team.