Team Alignment

Creating Team Alignment:

Creating an awareness and understanding of a team in the work environment is important to assist the flow of interactions, communications and commitments of the department. This knowledge forms part of work life balance programs which PLP Africa specialises in. Let us look at the variables that relate to Team Alignment.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming otherwise known as NLP is a model of interpersonal communication chiefly concerned with the relationship between successful patterns of behaviour and the subjective experiences (esp. patterns of thought) underlying them. It is one of the tools that can be useful in assisting teams to understand how individuals interact with each other.

The Enneagram is a useful tool that can help to understand a person’s personality which can in turn help to align teams more effectively. The personalities are broken down into 9 types which in turn are broken down into three groupings. The emotional types avoid rejection, the mind types avoid fear and the body types avoid anger. When we understand the drives of the various types it will guide us on the strengths and opportunities of each in the work environment.

What is your definition of Team Alignment? We define Team Alignment as understanding each person in a team to achieve maximum communication and in turn reach all Departmental commitments timeously. Every person has their own dictionary of definitions based on their filters of perception. Most of the time people are reacting and projecting their definitions onto to each other instead of interacting and communicating what these perceptions are defined as for the individual.

In understanding all aspects of an individual which includes their personality type, perceptions, dictionary of definitions will allow the department to be interactive and communicative. This will result in a department that reaches their commitments timeously and a happy, productive work environment.

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