7 Things Healthy Teams Check at the Door

After a staff meeting once at Grace Community Church the realization occurred to me that I served on a healthy team. I got to pondering, however, what made it that way. I think healthy teams are intentionally created, so wherever I serve I’m consistently trying to make our environment better.

I’ve written about healthy teams before:

10 Characteristics of a Healthy Organization or Team

7 Traits of a Great Team Member

Signs of an Emotionally Healthy Team

Elements of a Healthy Team

My current thoughts have led me to believe that in our case, it’s as much about what we don’t have on our team as what we do have.  I think our team works well together because we get along well with each other. (Most of the time.)  It may have to do, however, as much with what we don’t bring to the time we spend time together, as it does what we bring to the that time.

Here are 7 things healthy teams check at the door:

  • Egos
  • Closed minds
  • Domination
  • Selfishness
  • Negativity
  • Personal criticism
  • Stubbornness

As I’ve said before, we aren’t a perfect team, but we work well together, we accomplish a great deal, and we enjoy what we do.  (Most of the time.)

Do you currently serve on a healthy or an unhealthy team?

What would you add to my list?

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25 thoughts on “7 Things Healthy Teams Check at the Door

  1. good thoughts…..I would add exclusiveness to your list. When you attend a church and get the feeling that you have do something to be accepted in a club, not a church.

  2. Yes I do work on a great team. I treat them as family. We don’t always agree but we settle everything with love.
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  3. I love this post Ron! It is timely for me as well because, in our effort to protect an already amazing culture in our organization, we are taking our teams though Patrick Lencioni's 5 Dysfunctions of a Team Workbook. One of the things that we touched on as a leadership team last week was true HONESTY. We have to be honest with each other, especially when we are in conflict. The "last 10 percent" concept is one we strive for but is not always easy. The last ten percent is usually where the real meat lies but it's also where you'll find the greatest potential for hurt feelings. We enter into that realm by stating it out loud before we go there. That helps people know that we are going to share something that may sting but we only share it out of our desire to grow and overcome conflict in a healthy way. This ties to to the fear comments in a lot of ways.

    • Thanks Steve. I love the 10% concept. We've been trying to live by that also. It's tough, but so important for healthy relationships.

  4. I would agree with those listed in the comments before me, but would really emphasize fear. I've found this to be a major factor in team health. But when fear is checked, the team function immeasurably better.

  5. I agree with what you have written, but I'd add that I think these are things that healthy people need to check at the door all the time, not just in a team environment.

  6. I would have to agree with Geoff. Fear is probably the biggest tool the enemy uses against us today. Fear to move forward, fear of the unknown. The 7 most dangerous words ever spoken in a business meeting: We never did it that way before!
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  7. Great list, Ron. Thanks!

    The only thing I'd add (and it probably is an element in each of your 7 things) is fear. I've found that if together we deal with the fear that causes all this stuff, it'll pull us together as a team.