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93. Three important steps in building teams

Claus Raasted
Jun 1, 2017 · 3 min read

I have spent my adult life building teams. Bringing people together (or being brought together by others) and creating communities. It’s a huge part of my work and is something I care deeply about.

I’ve come to recognise three distinct steps for making team members work well together. Not that this isn’t about their skills or their personalities or anything like that. No, it’s simply a matter of their relation to each other, in a team context. It can be for professional teams or for volunteer teams. No different there.

Note: For my examples, I use animal names. This is because I don’t want to give them real names, and A, B and C are just not as cool as Lion, Monkey and Elephant.

Step One: Awareness

Step Two: Comfort

Step Three: Relation

What does it mean?

So what do you do?

You do your best to create an environment, where people move through these steps. First, they get to know each other’s strengths, weaknesses and areas of responsibility and competence. Then, they get to know each other and get comfortable without having you in the loop. And finally, they spend time together and learn to trust each other, even when things go south.

It sounds simple. Trust me, it’s not. But it’s worth striving for.

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