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TEAM; the success factor for startups and innovation


In the startup world we emphasize the importance of teams. Not without a reason; it is what makes or breaks a startup. Success depends on the ability of the team to work together under stressful conditions and still deliver results. Understanding your own and your team’s behavior and blind spots, facilitates finding a solution when a conflict occurs. Diversity is key for good teamwork and the fuel for innovation, however to change and to work in the best possible way requires effort.

Blind spots

Having worked with change management and improving team performance during the years, I have come across different tools to facilitate the process. There are various behavior based analysis methods, nonetheless I have found PeiliTM behavioral profile to be fast and easy to use. It measures external behavior and is based on a self-assessment and a peer-assessment of five team members. It is a powerful tool to get realistic insights to your behavior. Based on the feedback you are able to plan corrective actions to improve your way of behaving.

Ability to encounter and build trust

A neutral and scientific tool such a PeiliTM is a good way to kick start an innovation, a team or a change management process. The ability to encounter, i.e. our aptitude to change our behavior depending on the circumstances and people, gives good insights of improvement areas. How we behave affects our ability to build trust with other people, therefore an invaluable and important development area not to be neglected.

Perception is reality

Our behavior allows people to make assumptions about us. These assumptions can be right or wrong, nonetheless real for the person making them. Our behavior makes others see us as someone who is trustworthy and easy to work with or the opposite. The good news is that we can change these perceptions by changing our behavior. We can't change what we are, but we can learn new ways of behaving. This will make cooperation and working with customers, partners, subordinates, superiors and team members more productive, innovative and enjoyable.

Do you want to change the way you work with your team? We offer 1-2 day workshops and individual coaching for startups and innovation teams, not forgetting the executives who might need it more than the rest of the team.

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