My colleague shared wise words about team development: “It’s not something you check off; you need to always do this.” How true!
Too often we hold a staff retreat or gathering — once a year — and leave it at that, forgetting that people join the team in the interim, change positions, stop out for periods, or were unable to attend the first time. Each time someone comes or goes it creates a new team and intentionally addressing team development needs to occur.
Keep relationship building, understanding of styles, cultivating trust, and just plain getting to know each other on your ongoing agenda. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or “touchy-feely” but the rewards you reap will be well worth your time.