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Q2 Newsletter

Here are a few articles that were featured in our Q2 AgilityHealth® Newsletter:

Organizational Growth Tip

Picture this:

You are in a small row boat with the goal of getting to a specific spot on the opposite shore of the lake. Your attention wanders and before you know it, you realize you are floating in the wrong direction. In this situation, it is not too hard to correct your course and arrive exactly where you intended.

Unfortunately, in the corporate world, we often do not find ourselves in little boats on calm lakes with the ability to quickly pivot in the right direction. Rather, we find ourselves on massive ships, communicating with multiple people through multiple communication channels, in a tumultuous sea that often leaves us without sight of our final destination. Correcting course on a large ship is much harder to do without clarity in communication and strong leadership. This is why every organization needs to understand the impediments their teams face in order to achieve their goals.

The good news:

AgilityHealth® can help your teams and their leaders resolve impediments, which enables the team to steer in the right direction. Teams create growth items during their strategic retrospectives to focus on over the next quarter that will help them grow and resolve team level impediments. Growth Items that the team identifies as Organizational Growth Items are growth items they feel leadership needs to resolve for their team. Organizational Growth Items from several teams can be rolled-up into a multi-team rollup that allows a Continuous Improvement Leadership Team to easily view and identify the top issues where teams need leadership support. Learn about Continuous Improvement Leadership Teams and their role in supporting Teams in their journey of growth and maturity. 

Successful Retrospective Tips

Has your work ever suffered, due to a toxic work environment? Being in a toxic work environment is not limited to places where there are cliques and constant office politicking. Sometimes, a toxic work environment can be the result of other types of team dysfunctions, such as lack of defined roles, lack of clarity in objectives or even lack of the necessary tools to get your work done. When addressing these types of impediments, many companies turn to AgilityHealth® and our TeamHealth Radar. The TeamHealth Radar results can provide great insight into the dysfunctions of a team…but to get there, you must first focus on facilitating the retrospective session successfully and this requires that team members feel they have a safe environment to speak candidly.

The retrospective session is a three-hour block of time where teams can share ideas, build trust, and agree on steps to resolve roadblocks they encounter throughout their day over the next quarter or release. We recommend teams taking a team assessment for the first time take the assessment as a part of the retrospective session. This allows the AgilityHealth® Facilitator (AHF) to bring the team together and align them to the same goals, while helping to foster the idea of working as a team.

In order to save time in future retrospectives, once a team is comfortable with the assessment format and questions, they can complete the assessment ahead of the retrospective session. This may shorten the retrospective session to two or two and a half hours. We’ve detailed out some examples in this Support Center article. If you are sending the assessment out to a team prior to the retrospective session, be sure to review our tips article!

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