Recently I worked with a group of midwives who had been experiencing some team challenges. In the past they had been a very resilient team, overcoming many significant challenges. More recently, the team members had found themselves at odds with each other. Further more they had decided that a single individual was the source of all their problems. Rather than try to replace this person, the director decided to work with the team and attempt to resolve the issue. After the team had taken part in a facilitated dialogue around some of the pressing issues, they began to realize that they had all played a part in the circumstances leading up to the problem. Once this fact had surfaced, they were able to explore exercises that enabled them to reconnect as a team. During a follow up session, it was reported that they had begun to function as a resilient team once more. We cannot begin to embrace a new paradigm unless we are willing to loosen our grip on the old one.
“…acts of individual leadership are ineffective for changing a paradigm. It is a community-building process that must challenge and transform a collective worldview.” Gozdz
Strengthening our CQ (Collaborative Intelligence) is more than simply learning to get along with each other. It requires that we begin to look at ourselves in a new way. It demands that we see ourselves as deeply interconnected with all of life and especially with all of humanity. Embracing this way of thinking will have noticeable effects on how management and teams operate. The significant challenges facing our societies can be overcome if we embrace our deep connection and then act accordingly.