March 28, 2024

Signed up


With no overt or agreed rules for how to run team dynamics, everything sloshes around until it finds its archetype. The over-promiser, the shirker, the stays-quieter, the volunteer, the schedule keeper, the keeps-working-on-her-laptoper. Some people always get challenged, some subjects never, some sacred cows, some open to ridicule.

Everyone slips into their own special standard operating mode.

Which may work, but now well, and can always be improved with clear behavioural rules that everyone has developed, agreed and signed up to.

Rules that cover laptop use, sure, but mostly rules that cover the nature and level of debate, the way we make decisions, the way we call out lack of follow through, the way we respect the issue and each other.

And then, when something looks like it’s about to slosh in a corner – wave a flag.

Skippy strategy: When the rules are clear, wave the flag.