Find Time with 5 Flexible Team-Building Tips

What does team-building have to do with your time? Well, finding time when you work with others always works best when you start with good team strategy. This can be a challenge, and it’s especially difficult if you are working with someone who relates to time quite differently than you.

What do you do when you find that someone key to your work success defines her or his values around punctuality, planning, and procrastination very differently than you do?  Don’t be daunted by the task … approaching these differences proactively can enhance cooperation in ways that may surprise you.

Team-building tips for finding time:

Here are 5 ideas to help you start viewing these conflicts in time styles as opportunities, rather than hassles:

  1. Clarify what’s of prime importance to you. Pare it down and negotiate for it. The strength you build makes you more resilient and decisive.
  2. Attune yourself to others’ varying approaches to time use. Genuinely accepting individual differences in time styles helps with team-building and benefits you in 3 ways:
    • Truly accepting that other people won’t change for you spares you the frustration of fruitless efforts to control them.
    • When people notice you are not trying to change them, they feel more receptive.
    • When your colleagues feel respected, they are increasingly likely to negotiate with you.
  3. Effective compromising increases flexibility and clarifies lines of power and responsibility. Different time styles often reflect different priorities. Explore how this can work to your mutual advantage.
    • Here’s an example of how that might work:  Maybe one of you would happily accept added responsibility if you could make your own hours. The other might hold down the fort 9:00 – 5:00 in return for not taking work home.

Two more tips for you…

  1. Commit to creativity. Thinking outside the box carries you beyond rigid power struggles. For every problem, there is a resolution that honors the integrity and needs of each person … so keep trying!
  2. Present the challenge in terms of shared goals. Keep the focus on the rewards you all will enjoy. This stimulates cooperation … when you invite others to contribute ideas they become more invested in the problem-solving process (and, by extension, more dedicated to making it work).

Negotiating different approaches to time use will challenge each of you to grow. Rather than framing change as a sacrifice, consider the benefits of seeing and addressing the baseline needs of everyone involved. Ultimately this will improve morale, promote effectiveness and save you time.

Ready to take your next step to creatively negotiate for more productivity and more time?  Let me know how it goes … I’d love to hear!

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Comments

  1. Ellene/AuthenticAbundance says

    Paula,

    When we are so strung out with making time for this and time for that, we do have to use our creativity and think out of the box. I like what you say about problems of time “For every problem, there is a resolution that honors the integrity and needs of each person … so keep trying!”

    Over the years my time demands have changed. I’m not on a corporate team anymore. My schedule has changed and my team has changed. Time needs to be more flexible as I interact with family, other artists and internet marketers while working at home as a full time artist.

    “Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” Lao Tzu

    When life is lived with flexibility, and we keep our eyes on the goal then life will be well lived. Whether we are still in the corporate world or self employed.

  2. Hi Ellene –
    I appreciate your comment and LOVED your introducing the quote from Lao Tzu. What a wonderful summation of the power of that most flexible of mediums … water. It’s interesting to think about flowing toward our goals the way water flows downstream … letting our momentum and the power of our choice carry us. Thanks for this – and my best to you!
    Paula

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