Pleased with your current team’s ability to innovate and work together? Perfect! Now, it’s time to take a proactive approach to maintaining their bond, creativity, and curiosity.
Keeping innovation alive requires a mix of ongoing team building and group and individual skills building. Below are a few options to explore.
Create or Revise Your Team Values
Just like your organization has a mission statement, vision, or core values, your teams should too. If not all three, whichever resonates with the group. Let them decide.
Their signature statement should be aligned with the organization’s, but unique to the team, or unique to each project they are working on. Or unlike the organization’s, a constantly evolving statement that you empower the team to revise annually.
While there should be some serious elements in your team statements, they can also have some fun aspects that speak to the team dynamic. The team can share their signature statement internally or externally, but that isn’t the objective.
Team or Project Name
You may manage the same group of people ongoing or create unique teams for different projects. You may even have team members who work on different teams and projects. To promote ownership and keep things fun, encourage each group to create a team name, and then name each of their projects.
Most teams and projects have generic names. For example, the name of the client you are working for. Or the name of the product or service you are working on. While relevant, these generic names aren’t innovative.
So, set aside some time at the creation of each team and at the beginning of each project to brainstorm new names. Feel free to revise the name as the team or project evolves.