Working in a team within an organisation brings challenges. How do you make decisions in a group, how do you get rid of all that bureaucracy and hierarchy within teams and organisations? Can and is the strategy optimally implemented within the team in the current situation? Teams that have a lack of autonomy at work, are often less resilient and creative.
The transition from the current way of working to the new way of working is often complicated. We can help you in the process of how to build an autonomous team.
Human Insight has developed best practices and practical tools for organisations, leaders and employees. These help them to work with the insights that the autonomous team approach has to offer.
Based on our success with other organisations, we have found that our approach helps to uncover the behavioural aspects at team level. These aspects need to be addressed to be successful in strategy execution, self-direction development and overall team performance. This is done through:
Based on our work with more than 2,500 organisations and over 20 years of experience, we have explored the idea of high-performing teams versus teams that fail.
Our research focused on people’s individual contribution and how it affects team lineups and overall performance. This led to the birth of a strategic contribution assessment that provides insight into:
Employees’ ways of working are changing, organisations are changing and old structures no longer work as well as they used to. Employees want more freedom and less control by others in the performance of their duties. This may be exciting for a manager. How can employees work together effectively in a team without a clear leader? Exactly: by creating self-managing or autonomous teams.
An autonomous team sails its own course, often without a manager or supervisor. What is expected of you as a supervisor or manager? How do you improve autonomy in the workplace? But first: How to measure autonomy at work? Because knowing and understanding your current situation is the base of changing.
In self-steering, the team is responsible and an autonomous working environment is created. This does not mean that you, as a manager, are not needed anymore: Leadership within autonomous teams needs a different approach. Let go of micro-managing and let your team learn and make mistakes: this is how you can develop autonomous teams at work.
So how do you efficiently create more autonomy at work? It starts with a clear goal: a dot on the horizon. Furthermore, you need to know which elements influence human behaviour, how routines are formed that help or hinder performance.
Improving team dynamics directly affects the self-management within a team. As soon as the dynamics within a team are not good, the whole team runs into problems. People communicate less and do not work well together. There is also often a lack of psychological safety.
Therefore, individual contribution to team dynamics is one of the most important aspects within an organisational environment. Provided they are well coordinated, this leads to great success. However, teams often struggle to perform due to a large number of factors.
What can you as a senior leader or team member do to influence the team dynamics of high-performing and autonomous teams?
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By improving team dynamics, structuring roles and tasks and ensuring psychological safety within teams, self-management can be achieved. This leads to:
This approach helps you, senior leaders and teams to increase self-management and build autonomous teams. It provides insight into where which people are needed to enable the required changes in specific areas of the business.
Specifically, it helps to measure autonomy at work and create a clear talent development plan. You gain insight into the development areas of your team, team dynamics and individual (leadership) development. The application of this framework and its tools will help your people to perform better in their jobs and creates more autonomy at work.
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