Anyone who has ever been part of a team knows that they can be great, awful or anything in between. The primary factor determining a groups quality, is how each member interacts with other members of the team.
I’ve found that there are two simple, yet profound questions that can greatly contribute to a team’s health and effectiveness. We can call them the ‘anything/something’ questions.
Is there anything you need?
Is there something I can help you with?
One of the primary reasons a team breaks down is because team members become self-centered. They become focused on the completion of their own task and indifferent to the tasks of others. Our two questions are the remedy.
Making headway with your own assignment? See if you can lend a hand on someone else’s. Did you complete your own project? How can you help a team member complete theirs?
If your role on the team is one of support, you will become a hero to your supervisor by asking the questions often. “Is there anything you need?” followed by, “Ok. That’s done. Is there something else I can help you with?”
Try it out. Ask the questions. You will be amazed at how much better your team becomes when you do!
How have you seen or experienced this on your own teams?