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Driving Honesty and Safety in Teams

Posted by Helga Davies - Associate Learning and Development Consultant 16/08/19

Questioning“Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living and truth loving.”  James E Faust

Much is written about the importance of creating honesty in teams, but knowing how to do this effectively can be challenging. In this blog our facilitator and coach Helga Davies looks at some practical questions teams can ask themselves to help them create a culture of “truth speaking” 

A few months ago I was working with a senior team who had been through a buy-out, a restructure and redundancies all within 9 months. Now that things had begun to stabilise the team knew they had to do things differently. The new vision had higher expectations of performance, more focus on monitoring and measuring how things were being done as well as what was achieved. The challenge for the new team was how to hit these targets given:

  • The new expectations were far more ambitious than anything they had achieved before 
  • They were still learning about each other 
  • Many in the organisation who they were relying on for the throughput were still recovering from the process of redundancy which had seen many of their long-term colleagues leave and many of their roles changed

In this dynamic and competitive age, these challenges are not unusual – although all 3 at the same time on the back of already significant change was disconcerting and unsettling.

The business leaders knew working harder was not an option. The top team and supporting teams were not slackers. The fact they had survived the restructure was testimony to the skill set, attitude and resilience of each leaders. And yet, doing more of the same would not cut it.

It’s a situation I’ve seen before. The key to their success was not in working harder, but in working smarter through strengthening honesty with each other and the business. And this is how to achieve it:

  1. Start by owning and grading the level of honesty you have with your team, your boss and your peers
  2. Understand what competes with you not being even more honest
  3. Promote safety alongside honest dialogue to ensure people feel safe and protected to take risks to say what needs to be said without reprisal
  4. Discharge but don’t discard how you feel
  5. Use a structure that strengthens value rich dialogue resulting in new agreements and improved rapport/respect

Take a look at how things work within your team and your business.  How would you rate the level of honest conversations you have right now? How safe does it feel to say what you need to in order to make things better? What gets in the way of deeper, more honest conversations? What could you achieve personally and collectively if you could make this happen? 

If you would like more information on how we can help your teams create the right culture call us on 01903 732 782 for an exploratory chat, email us or take a look at the work we have done with other organisations to help them create open, honest working environments.

Helga Davies - Associate Learning and Development Consultant
Helga Davies - Associate Learning and Development Consultant

My field of expertise is influence and impact. I work nationally and internationally coaching and training leaders to strengthen their ability to influence effectively and to align their desired impact with their actual impact. By so doing the leaders become more credible, more efficient and more able to promote good quality relationships at work. Outside of work you may find me in the gym, walking the dog or reading a book but rarely in the kitchen - I’m a terrible cook!

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