These are a few examples of different situations in teams:
- People have resistance or openly oppose to decisions.
- Co-workers gossip, complain or blame others.
- People say “yes”, but do “no”.
- Co-workers do their work, but nothing more.
- Despite good intentions, there is still friction in teams or between teams.
- Team members work together well.
- The results are very good. At the same time the full potential of individuals or teams is not harnessed yet.
- When entering the team office, there is a contagious feeling of possibilities and optimism that is inspiring.
- Team members don’t only feel safe enough to share their deepest personal issues, but looking forward to discovering opportunities for personal growth.
In other words, there is a range of “vibes” in which teams reside.
We cluster them in four categories:
- Negative vibe
- Neutral vibe
- Positive vibe
- Inspiring vibe
Vibes have an impact on the team and organization.
High vibes (positive and inspiring) have these benefits:
- High performing teams (positive or inspiring vibe)
- Faster problem solving
- Increased productivity, efficiency and effectivity
- Faster spotting of opportunities
- Co-workers love to come to work
- Attracting top talent (despite lower wages or less benefits)
- Keeping top talent
- Inspiring for the ecosystem
Low vibes (negative and neutral) have these disadvantages:
- The lower the vibe, the more time is spent
- To look out for potential (psychological) threats.
- In actions and discussions to protect oneself.
- Other disadvantages
- Projects go over time and budget
- Low performance
- Co-workers not available because of illnesses, burn-outs, bore-outs
- Top talent is lost
- Co-workers take their negative vibe home
Of course, the ideal situation is that every co-worker and every team is in the inspiring vibe. However, just moving up one vibe can already make a huge difference.
Vibes become clear when tensions show up in day-to-day work.
There are three different kinds of tension: practical/process tension, personal tension and interpersonal tension.
Tension can be in the range of threatening (negative vibe) to opportunity to grow (inspiring vibe).
Tensions also show up in change projects.
In change projects the daily tension and vibe level are magnified.
As long as people are not at least in a positive vibe, change projects don’t reach their goals fully.
Conclusion: first things first:
- Learn how to transform tensions in daily work to raise the vibe (preferably at least to the positive vibe).
- Then do a change project. It will be more successful since people are focused on the opportunities and they know how to transform new tensions quickly.
Our team program is focused on facilitating teams to transition from one vibe to the next.
Since the vibe shows when tensions arise, we use those moments of tension to raise the vibe (or ensure that the vibe doesn’t go down).
We use the 4-step D.U.E.T. process as a framework. As you can see in the visual below, there are several techniques included to transform tensions.
It depends on the desired transition (from a negative to a neutral vibe, from a neutral to a positive vibe or from a positive to an inspiring vibe) which techniques come more to the forefront.
First, we assess the situation via an intake so we know what the vibe of the team is and which transition is desired.
Then we suggest one of two formats:
- One or more techniques are selected and taught in a workshop or series of workshops.
- Then the team can use them whenever that particular tension shows up.
- Every 3 to 4 weeks we come together with the team.
- Tensions from the past period are shared. The appropriate techniques are used to transform them. In other words: topics and techniques are not fixed up front.
Comparison between workshops and programs:
- Advantage of workshops compared with program:
- Can be more bundled in time
- Advantage of a program compared with workshops:
- Learning by doing
- Reflection and repetition
- Facilitation during a longer period of time
If you want to learn to facilitate teams as a leader or a coach, you can participate in the Compassionate Leader Course.
Contact us to discuss how your team’s vibe can be raised.