A Self unLimited perspective for Team Development
Teams of individuals
It’s often said that there is no “I” in “Teams”. But there is a “m” and an “e” – so there’s a “Me”! Teams are made up of individuals.
Each Team is the sum – and more – of the particular individuals in it, so it makes sense to have a dual focus on self-development and team development. And not just Self in service to the current team, but self evolving authentically and with empowerment as it’s own cohesive unit that can couple and re-couple in any or many teams.
Great teams revel in the uniqueness and diversity of its individuals.
Introducing Self unLimited
Self unLimited is a way of being that focuses on the individual. To be Self unLimited, is to adopt three essential mindsets that connect an individual to personal decision-making and responsibilities for their workscape:
- I am self-employed regardless of who pays me
- I lead myself as I direct my work adventures
- The grass is greener where I water it
Self unLimited is a product range (including book, courses, elearning, cards and coaching) of Questo. It has its own website where you can explore and draw upon resources to aid personal professional development.
Utilising Self unLimited with your Team
As a Team, you can utilise Self unLimited in two ways:
- A collection of practices to elevate a whole team of individuals, addressing specific challenges. See the selection below.
- A development program for individuals ready to exercise personal empowerment. Is Self unLimited for Me?
Team Challenges and Self unLimited Responses
What does your Team need to resolve today?
|Your Team’s Challenge||Response: An Action Plan for your Team|
|Appropriate use of limited time resource
The Team is not prioritising time for activities that are most important. They are not sure what are the most important activites for their own self, and as a team. They do not feel empowered to make choices about how they organise and schedule their activities in their day/week.
|1. Pre-session chat with Team Lead to understand Activity Time Budget concept and explore parameters for team budget.
2. Do a Team Tutorial session (60 min) on Activity Time Budget, facilitated by Questo.
3. Post-session chat with Team Lead to explore leadership/managerial matters arising from implementing Activity Time Budget(s).
|Attending to self-care and well-being
The Team is not following good self-care practices as individuals and as a collective. They are not sure what are desirable and useful practices for their own self, and for the team. They do not feel empowered to enact choices about how they care for their well-being in a work context.
|1. Pre-session chat with Team Lead to explore scope and aspirations for Self-care Practices.
2a. Team members individually do eLearning Micro program for Self-care Practices. (Purchased at a special group rate.)
Followed by a Team Conversation about personal and collective Self-care Practices (45 min), facilitated by Questo. Sharing the learnings from micro program with each other, and agree on collective practices.
2b. Do a Team Tutorial session (60 min) on Self-care Practices.
3. Post-session chat with Team Lead to explore leadership/managerial matters arising from collective Self-care Practices.
|Appreciating each other’s best ways of working
The Team does not have a good understanding of the working styles and preferences of it’s members. There is friction and misunderstandings which could easily be resolved with awareness and consideration.
|1. Pre-session chat with Team Lead to understand User Guide to Self concept and define parameters for team guides
2. Do a Team Tutorial session (60 min) on User Guide to Self.
3. Post-session chat with Team Lead to explore leadership/managerial matters arising from implementing User Guides.
|Utilising a growth and enrichment mindset for learning
The Team is not creating opportunities to learn individually or as a group, that go beyond attending a course. There is much potential to grow in applying what is already known, to new challenges and in new ways. There’s mutual benefit to derive from sharing what each other knows, thus uplifting and enriching the whole team’s capability.
|1. Pre-session chat with Team Lead to understand Professional Enrichment Plan and define scope within local context for making personal PE plans.
2a. Team members individually do eLearning Micro program for Professional Enrichment Plan. (Purchased at a special group rate.)
Followed by a Team Conversation about personal and shared professional enrichment activity (45 min), facilitated by Questo. Sharing the learnings from micro program with each other, and agree on shared activity.
2b. Do a Team Tutorial session (60 min) on Professional Enrichment Planning.
3. Post-session chat with Team Lead to explore leadership/managerial matters arising from implementing Professional Enrichment Plans.
Collection of practices from Self unLimited
These are practices that an individual can develop, as well as a team. Learning to do these practices together is in itself a team development activity. When these practices are shared, there is a common language and common processes to use as the foundation for being an effective and high-functioning self-managing team.
Activity Time Budget
This technique helps an individual/team use their precious, finite resource of time wisely in activities that are the most valuable for their work.
This technique helps an individual reflect and get clear on how they want to be treated and to articulate the conditions that will bring out the best in them within a team context.
Professional Enrichment Plan
This technique helps an individual be creative in finding ways to grow, extend or enrich themself. There’s much possibility to explore, then define and make a plan to which they can commit, and fulfill in a team context.
This approach helps an individual/team reflect and get clear on how they want to give attention to their well-being at work, and to articulate the plans they will follow.