Unlocking Team Dynamics: The Secret to Enhanced Collaboration and Success

by Zack Robertson

March 26, 2024Blog

In today’s fast-paced and competitive business landscape, the well-being of employees is more important than ever. While physical health has traditionally been a focus in the workplace, there is a growing recognition of the significance of mental well-being. Work-related stress and unhealthy team dynamics can take a toll on employees’ mental health, leading to decreased productivity, engagement and overall satisfaction. 

As an Organization Development practitioner, I’ve had the privilege of working with numerous teams facing all kinds of challenges. Through hundreds of team interventions and employee interviews, I’ve come to understand one critical factor that often lies at the heart of dysfunctional teams: the lack of open and honest communication. 

Time and time again, I’ve witnessed the detrimental effects of unresolved conflicts and unaddressed differences in perception within teams. These issues often go unnoticed or ignored, leading to a buildup of tension and frustration that ultimately erodes team cohesion and effectiveness. 

The reality is that teams are comprised of individuals with diverse perspectives, experiences and communication styles. While this diversity can be a strength, it can also create misunderstandings and misalignments if not properly managed. Without a mechanism for team members to talk through their differences openly and constructively, these discrepancies can fester, resulting in a toxic and unhealthy team dynamic. 

One of my favorite tools for creating an opportunity for open and actionable dialogue across a team is TeamViewSM. TeamView is designed to measure and improve employee and team wellness by assessing various dimensions of team dynamics. Developed by Talent Plus, TeamView provides organizations with valuable insights into how their teams are functioning and where there may be opportunities for improvement. 

TeamView begins with a comprehensive survey administered to team members, evaluating their perceptions across seven key dimensions.

Once the survey is completed, Talent Plus consultants facilitate a discussion with the team to analyze the results. This discussion allows team members to identify discrepancies between their ideal state and current reality, fostering awareness and accountability. Together, they develop actionable plans to bridge the gap and improve team dynamics. The true power of this tool is that the team determines which factors are most important, which gaps are the most critical to work on and the action steps that will create more alignment around these critical factors.  

By integrating the insights from a skilled facilitator and the use of TeamView, organizations can foster a culture of open communication and collaboration, ultimately leading to happier, more engaged and more productive teams. Investing in employee and team wellness isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s also a strategic imperative for driving sustainable success in today’s competitive business landscape. 

Zack Robertson

Zack Robertson is a Leadership Consultant at Talent Plus where he partners with executive leaders and teams to create Talent-Based Organizations ® where individuals and organizations can optimize performance, engagement and growth.

“Communities, organizations and teams are exponentially better when individuals understand what they are best at and put those talents to work in a way that positively impacts those around them.” — Zack Robertson

Top Talents: Intelligence, Ego Drive, Conceptualization, Response to
Negativity and Relationships