Traditional career arcs are becoming a thing of the past - employees are no longer staying with the same organization, or even the same industry for the majority of their careers.
This means that teams are more likely to include people not only from different cultures, but from different generations too. Diversity can create barriers in a team, but when handled properly and with the right set of tools, strengths can be leveraged to create an even more effective team.
This is where the Insights Team Effectiveness model can help. It gives team members an awareness of these differences and ways to resolve internal miscommunications and challenges. The result is a strong, highly effective and successful team.
‘Baby boomers’, ‘Generation X’, ‘Generation Y’, ‘Millenials’. We all know that these labels don’t make the person, but it’s impossible to deny that there are perceptions and general commonalities that can be taken into account when it comes to age. The challenge is to identify them, understand them and ultimately leverage them to increase effectiveness.
Here are some examples of the sort of issues that generally arise:
Our Team Effectiveness methodology can help. It begins by looking at the team through the lens of preference by having each member evaluating the team across 32 different issues.
Each issue is associated with one of the four pillars of team effectiveness: Process, Focus, Flow and Climate. Each of these pillars encompass eight individual components of an effective team: working methods, measurement, results orientation, shared purpose, agility, collaboration, trust and cohesion. This comprises the Insights Team Effectiveness Model.
Through facilitated discussion, exercises, and break-out work the team can learn how their individual and collective preferences and communication styles impact team dynamics and performance.
Through years of assisting organizations who employ age-diverse teams, and by using our Team Effectiveness model to really understand the challenges those team members face, we’ve found the following points useful to consider:
Age-diverse teams have many inherent obstacles when it comes to achieving high performance. However, through an awareness of these challenges, and by understanding the preferences and capabilities of the team, an age-diverse team can easily overcome these hurdles and achieve ultimate success.