The term ‘team dynamics’ refers to the unseen forces which operate in a team between a number of different people or groups. Team dynamics can powerfully influence the manner in which a team reacts, behaves or – alternatively – performs. The consequences of team dynamics are often very complex. Sometimes, the lack of a natural force can be a team dynamic. For instance, if the leader or manager is permanently removed from the office, the group may be drawn into a change of behaviour.
Look for the team dynamics
These are the ‘natural forces’ at play. Ascertain whether they are acting for good or ill. Make interventions to make the impact of those dynamics increasingly positive. For instance, if a wall of cupboards is impeding communication within a group, it is possible for that wall to be moved and the room layout designed in order to encourage communication (without making the environment too awkward for those who value their privacy when working on individual tasks).
How can you recognise team dynamics?
You can recognise team dynamics by looking for the forces that influence team behaviour. These forces might include:
- Personality styles (eg: including or excluding people)
- Team Roles (eg: see MTR-i team dynamics)
- Tools and technology (eg: email, bulletin board, information pool enabling hidden
- Organisational culture (eg: company cars acting as status symbols to separate
groups of employees)
- Processes/methodologies/procedures (eg: problem-solving methodology)