Many organisations have done a lot to help teams function well. Most of this has been around the WHAT – roles, processes, tasks, tools. This has lead to many organisations having team competence. Nonetheless, everyone still experiences many dysfunctional teams. Most of the problem now is in the HOW – how teams interact with each other on a human level.
While many acknowledge the dysfunction, they are blind to their own role in this – how constant distraction, interruptions, lack of presence lead to a team atmosphere that lacks emotional safety and engagement. Mindfulness in teams can profoundly shift this – simply through noticing and acknowledging this deep level of humanity that exists in our interactions and affects outcomes.
Addressing this with simple rituals and habits leads to a pronounced shift in the collective intelligence of teams.