Diverse Structures for Success
“Anything that is worth teaching can be presented in many different ways. These multiple ways can make use of our multiple intelligences.” – Howard Gardner
Everybody learns differently. As a leader, it will benefit you to shape your work processes, time, and activities to the strengths of your team. Create your own Masterpiece!
Some teams will benefit from lots of individual time and short bursts of collaboration. Other teams thrive on partner exercises, and others with more focused solo projects. Some people devour work presented in written form, while others achieve the most through structured discussion and then there are those who are more spacial, like an eagle soaring from an aerial perspective. http://www.institute4learning.com/multiple_intelligences.php
Educational Leadership – article on Multiple Intelligences transforming teaching our kids here in Australia
If you listen, watch, and observe your team’s energy and performance during work hours, you’ll quickly discover what works best for each individual, and for your group.
At Leadership Evolves, we’ll delve even deeper into these processes. In the meantime, here are a few different structures to try. Remember to observe your team and listen carefully to feedback:
Open Discussion Time
Talk as a group about a current project or goal. Be sure each team member’s thoughts are heard, and set guidelines and standards for thoughtful communication.
Laser Coaching Sessions
Short, focused one-on-one coaching sessions can be a great way to keep individuals motivated. Focus on one task, project, or skill that the team member is interested in or responsible for.
Assign activities for your team members to work on during solo time. Set realistic goals and deadlines for individual projects, and reward progress and accomplishments.
Individual Reflection Time
Design and set aside structured time for reflection. Give your team members journals, or provide questions that get individuals thinking, contemplating, and brainstorming.
Pair team members as learning partners, and assign tasks or goals for each group. Set guidelines and standards for supportive, productive collaboration.
Remember, everyone on your team will have a different work style, and it’s important that, as the leader, you watch and listen to shape work processes to the needs and strengths of the group.
By structuring time and projects in diverse ways, you’ll have a team that’s engaged, motivated, and striving for success.