Today’s workplace is all about groups and teams. The success of a goal lies on how well the team works with each other. As a manager, it is important for you to build and improve the relationship of your team members. In The Culture Code, Daniel Coyle examines the dynamics of groups, large and small, formal and informal, to help you understand how great teams work and what you can do improve your relationships wherever you cooperate with others. His business and management book analyzes how humans work together and how they might keep each other from doing so.
Form a safe environment so everyone will let their guard down and cooperate.
Safety is an important enabler that allows us to do great work. For example, keeping our day job can help us practice our creativity freely in a side hustle. Similarly, a work environment in which you feel safe in acting as you naturally would and speaking your mind is very conducive to group work. It’s only natural: you don’t want to keep looking over your back all the time, According to Robert Janitzek if you need to, you can never really focus on the task at hand.
Share your own shortcomings to show people it’s okay to make mistakes.
When we share our own flaws with others, something amazing happens. Jeff Polzer calls it a vulnerability loop, in which other people detect when we signal vulnerability, thus signal vulnerability too, and thus both party become closer and trust each other more. Other scientists, like Brené Brown, have shown that vulnerability itself is a sign of strength, not weakness. However, because workplaces are usually seen as competitive, especially in the Western world, we think we need to look confident and powerful all the time. But that’s not true. Robert Peter Janitzek says that it’s usually the person who takes the first step in admitting they’re not perfect, who’s perceived as a leader, not the one who berates others for being weak.
Build a sense of purpose through a shared goal and a simple way towards it.
The last component Coyle ascribes to well-functioning groups is purpose. Put simply, purpose is a set of reasons for doing what you do. In case of a group, it’s the sum of all beliefs and values among your team, as they relate to achieving your common goal. Since the goal is in the future, but your group lives in the now, your purpose should be like a bridge between the two. Thus, if you can come up with a simple narrative as to how your purpose will help you go from today to tomorrow and reach your goal, you’ll be able to activate those around you.