Comparative Inspired Teams represents the next generation in team development. It is a framework that combines 20 years of research on Team Emotional Intelligence (TEI) with the principles of Agile development. Comparative Inspired Teams execute and innovate quickly.
Team Emotional Intelligence Meets Agile
When you combine two proven technologies, Agile, and Team Emotional Intelligence, you get awesome teams.
These teams know how to get things done quickly and they know what to do to build the team.
Agile speeds team progress using a set of principles and processes. Although Agile often creates high-performance teams, the team has no “map” for how to improve the team itself.
As a result, teams may struggle for a while before finding a route to reaching their full potential; some teams may never find their way to high performance.
Team Emotional Intelligence is a framework that provides such a “map” for building the team. TEI helps the team build a culture that allows it to energize members, remove obstacles to progress, and create psychological safety, trust, and team identity.
TEI has been shown to significantly boost performance; however, it does not provide a set of processes that teams can follow.
Create MeaningWe clearly define team goals.
Build ConnectionWe try to understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
Build SupportWe work to build connections outside the team.
Proactively Address BlocksWe act proactively to prevent problems from occurring.
Threats to PerformanceIf a member behaves in a way that slows team progress, we let him or her know.
ContextWe work to understand the priorities of the leaders in our organization.
Orientation to ChallengeWhen something goes wrong, we see it as a challenge rather than an obstacle.
Learning OrientationWe find new ways to do things better.
OutcomesMistakes are not held against you.
Change the Norms to Change the Culture
Emotional intelligence has a profound affect not just on team dynamics but also on organizational culture. In his research Steven Wolff has found that culture is often on the list of factors for team performance – but what is culture?
Says Wolff, “When you can affect the rules of behavior – the norms – you can change the patterns of behavior that you see and feel – which is the culture.”