It is very important to have training and help employees create a healthy work culture. People often spend over 8 hours each day working with each other in the office, so maintaining a positive environment is critical. When people work together for the best interests of the office, the cohesive effort will benefit their team and all of their clients. Teams should enjoy working together to accomplish great things.
Some law offices work with Big Sky Way on team training and learning how to communicate with each other according to the personality styles. Following some simple steps from “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni can be so helpful.
- Trust one another. When team members are genuinely transparent and honest with each other, they are able to build vulnerability-based trust. In the absence of trust, team members can be unwilling to be vulnerable within the group.
- Engage in conflict around ideas. When there is trust, team members are able to engage in unfiltered, constructive debate of ideas. If people fear conflict, then they may seek artificial harmony over constructive passionate debate.
- Commit to decisions. When team members are able to offer opinions and debate ideas, they will be more likely to commit to decisions. In order to fight ambiguity in the group, people must not feign buy-in regarding group decisions.
- Hold one another accountable. When everyone is committed to a clear plan of action, they will be more willing to hold one another accountable.
- Focus on achieving collective results. The ultimate goal of building greater trust, healthy conflict, commitment, and accountability is one thing: the achievement of results.
Each of these behaviors builds on the previous one, so the behaviors should not be addressed in isolation of one another. Team members need to have a meaningful understanding of themselves and their team members so they are able to promote trust and commitment to the team and the good of the office.
Law offices often hold team trainings to allow for personal interaction between all of their offices. It is important to get together with our team members that work in the other office. Relationships are built as people learn and grow together. Achievements are celebrated as a team, rather than individually. When one succeeds, everyone succeeds as a team.
A good lawyer, like a conservatorship lawyer in Montana from Silverman Law Office, PLLC, is committed to have a team that can work together and create a positive culture to work in, so that they can better assist their clients.