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In January we launched the new professional development guide that introduces a learning topic each month in 2022. This month’s topic is ‘Initiative Team Boot Camp’ which focuses on building successful teams who do amazing work. In March, emphasize team building and effective communication as a way to deliver impactful initiatives.

In High-Performing Teams Start with a Culture of Shared Values, the authors note that the difference between success and failure for a team is in the ability to articulate a higher purpose. High-performing teams are diverse, communicate effectively, and understand the mission and vision of the organization. Leaders hoping to foster a high-performing environment need to build a team that is diverse enough to challenge one another and be creative, but, cohesive enough to work together smoothly. By focusing on the shared mission and vision of the organization, leaders are much more likely to be successful in meeting this goal.

Effective communication is a key component of high-preforming teams. Three aspects of communication that can have a clear affect on performance is energy, engagement, and exploration. Energy, at the right time and place, can be contagious and boost morale. Engagement is including ALL team members so everyone feels the same opportunity to contribute to the teams success. Exploration is getting team members outside of their comfort zone, while also providing an appropriate safety net. This month is an ENGAGE evaluation and upward feedback month, meaning there is no expected ENGAGE conversation, but consider reflecting on these questions as a supervisor.

1. When have I seen my team energized this month? Either together, or individually?

2. With which projects is my team most engaged, and with which projects are they least engaged? Are there members of my team who are disengaged that need my energy?

3. What, as a team, have we not explored that needs my attention? Who on my team is ready for a challenge?

The new 2022 Learning Framework was developed by State team members, for State team members. Each month, we will highlight a new topic, one directly related to The Missouri Way Training Series. These trainings, along with ENGAGE conversation topics, live educational opportunities, and additional learning resources, are combined into one comprehensive package.

While participation is optional, our goal is to provide just the right amount of education so supervisors can meet their LDR goals, and all team members can meet their individual educational goals.