Three ways to overcome an "us vs them" mentality on your team

Mar 19, 2024

Today's episode of Managing Made Simple is a deep dive into a topic that I've encountered time and time again in my career of managing team operations. It’s all about rationalizing those conflicting motivations on teams. We’ve all experienced that “us vs them” - maybe it’s creative versus account, product versus engineering, or some other combo. It’s a mindset that starts to chip away at the quality of work and the overall team experience.

In this episode, we tackle the issue head-on and discuss three critical keys to bringing everyone back around to a place of alignment. By the end of the episode, you’ll have new insights on how to address conflicting motivations and foster a more collaborative and productive work environment.

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Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect:

Key #1: Establishing Clear Team Values

Understanding and embracing core team values can be a game-changer, creating a common language for your team to operate against and helping to frame conversations when conflicting motivations arise.

Key #2: Setting and Communicating Clear Priorities

We delve into the importance of setting clear, overarching priorities for the team and the company, highlighting how these priorities tie back to the team's values and create a shared understanding of the goals everyone is working towards.

Key #3: Encouraging Cross-Functional Collaboration

I share insights on how fostering opportunities for employees to collaborate across organizational boundaries and roles can break down walls and build empathy for each other's perspectives, ultimately leading to a more cohesive and aligned team.

Excited for you to tune in and learn how to navigate conflicting motivations within your team. Head over to episode 108 of Managing Made Simple to hear all about it.

I hope you enjoy the episode! Let’s make the workplace somewhere everyone can thrive.

 

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