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Teaming up for Well-being: Creating a Culture of Care

Listeners will learn how to foster a culture of care within their teams by facilitating open and honest discussions about well-being. They'll gain insight into using a simple meeting agenda, encouraging participation, creating a plan for new norms, and setting follow-up meetings for continuous improvement.

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Amy Edmondson | The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth | Edmondson's book offers insights into creating a psychologically safe work environment, which aligns with the podcast's emphasis on open, honest conversation and collective action.

Laszlo Bock | Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead | Bock's book shares insights from Google's unique work culture, reinforcing the podcast's focus on creating a culture of care within a team.

Margaret Heffernan | Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes | Heffernan's book supports the podcast's topic by providing insights on how small changes can have a significant impact on team culture and well-being.

Christine Porath | Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace | Porath's book discusses the importance of respect and civility in the workplace, which are key to creating a culture of care within a team.

Brene Brown | Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. | Brown's book shares insights on how to encourage vulnerability, courage, and empathy in leadership, which aligns with fostering a culture of care within a team.

Tony Schwartz | The Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance | Schwartz's book discusses the four core needs for employees to perform at their best, which can guide teams in adopting norms that enhance well-being.

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Hello and welcome back! I'm your friendly neighborhood OD consultant, and today, we're talking about teamwork – not just for projects, but for well-being. So, gather your team, it's time for a huddle!Creating a culture of care within a team isn't something that happens overnight. It's an ongoing process, and it starts with open, honest conversation.

So, how can you facilitate this kind of discussion? Here's a simple meeting agenda you can use. Start by setting the stage. Explain the purpose of the meeting – which is to create and encourage norms that promote well-being. Make it clear that everyone's input is valuable and appreciated.

Next, kick off the discussion with some thought-provoking questions. Here are a few to get you started:

  • What does well-being look like to you?

  • What current habits or practices do we have that hinder our well-being?

  • What new norms could we adopt that would enhance our well-being?

  • How can we support each other in maintaining these norms?

  • Encourage open and honest responses. Remember, there are no 'wrong' answers here.

The goal is to understand everyone's perspective.Once you've gathered everyone's input, it's time to create a plan. This should include the new norms you'll adopt as a team, how you'll support each other in maintaining these norms, and how you'll hold each other accountable.Lastly, set a date for a follow-up meeting. This is a chance to check in on your progress, address any challenges, and celebrate your successes.

And there you have it! A simple, effective agenda for fostering a culture of care within your team. Remember, the goal isn't perfection, it's progress. So, be patient with yourself and each other.That's all for today, folks! I hope this episode empowers you and your team to take collective action towards enhancing your well-being. Remember, you're not in this alone. You have a team, and together, you can create a healthier, happier work environment.Signing off, your friendly neighborhood OD consultant. Until next time, take care of yourselves, and each other.

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