Our team at Church Fuel has grown from two to seven people over the last year.
Because nothing really happens apart from our team, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to have a healthy team culture. Here are five words that come to mind when thinking about team culture.
#1 – Clarity
Every time we add someone to the team, we add another hub of communication and actually make things more difficult. That’s why continually fighting for clarity is so important.
Does everyone on our team know what matters most, what’s most important now, and exactly how they fit?
We’re not going to get better by doing things over and over. That’s how you get in a rut. For us to be great, we have to have a culture where we routinely take a look at what’s working, what’s not working, and how we can be better.
Is your team honest with you and with each other, especially on issues that lie beneath the surface?
#3 – Accountability
Every organization needs to know who is responsible for what. This is so much more than an org chart. My friend JR Lee says, “When you turn a blind eye to something not up to standard – you just created a lower standard.”
Is there a spirit of accountability among the team, meaning that it’s not okay to miss things or do less than our best?
#4 – Trust
For there to be a healthy team culture, we all have to trust each other. That means we must have confidence that when someone says they will do something, it’s as good as done. I can take it off my plate and off my mind if I know it’s on yours. But trust goes deeper than accountability, I have to trust you as a person.
Does your team know you are for them not just in favor of what they do?
#5 – Purpose
Team unity comes from working together on a cause that’s important – not just a list of responsibilities on a sheet of paper, but a deep sense of purpose.
Does your team care for the entire organization more than their individual area of responsibility?
Those are five words I think about when I think about creating a healthy team culture within our staff.