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Team Growing, the purpose

Grass does not grow by pulling the leaves but by watering the roots.     African saying

The world is changing forever faster, unpredictably. Successful organizations need to cope with this fast change. Lean-agile methodologies provide the framework and processes.

But we also need to take the people along on this journey. Change is too often a threat, draining energy and provoking resistance. Burnout is a real issue. 

Instead, we support teams to become autonomous, self-organizing, reflecting on themselves. Learning teams. We believe that such 'learning teams' are happier and better performing. They can embrace change as a positive challenge, taking the stress out of change. 

Then, work gives the team members energy and pleasure.

Check out our training offer on Team Growing Training.

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Team Growing, the model

The Team Growing model notices how teams can grow by focusing on different areas, one after the other. 

Transparency is the first step, creating a basis of visibility into the work everyone is doing and generating trust. Improvement is the next step, reflecting on how to improve the work the team is doing. Collaboration is third: learn to work and communicate together. Then, the focus shifts to Customer value, we work for the customer as a team. Finally, we reflect on what we have learnt as a team, how we have grown, consolidating our growth. And then we re-enter the cycle, to grow to the next level.

The model has different techniques to help teams achieve insight and improvement. These are based on proven practices in lean and agile, as well as in positive psychology, solution-oriented coaching and motivational interviewing.

The goal of Team Growing is to help teams become and remain Learning Teams. At first with help of the team coach, and then gradually autonomously. 

Team Growing or 'Teamleren' in Dutch is a model developed by Linda Dorlandt and Remi-Armand Collaris. More on www.praktischopweg.nl.