Resources and Comments in Response to “30 Markers of Staff Team Health”
In “30 Markers of Staff Team Health” (the February 20, 2012 Alban Weekly), Susan Beaumont discusses the balance of collaboration and accountability that need to characterize healthy and productive staff teams.
Collaboration without sufficient accountability, asserts Beaumont, results in teams that lack clear role boundaries and performance feedback. Some staff end up shouldering too much responsibility while others fail to shoulder enough.
On the other hand, accountability without sufficient collaboration results in teams that function like individual “silos” and roles that are too rigidly set.
Either situation indicates a lack of team health.
Beaumont lists thirty “markers” of a healthy staff team—including “we have a clearly defined and well communicated statement of purpose as a staff team”; “each member of the team has clear and effective supervision”; and “communication within our team is open and above board.” She invites readers to assess the health of their teams by evaluating the extent to which each marker reflects their experience of the team.
What resources might support the health of your staff team? In addition to the items listed at the end of the article, please consider these items annotated in the Congregational Resource Guide: Church Staff Handbook: How to Build an Effective Ministry Team; Staff Your Church for Growth: Building Team Ministry in the 21st Century; and Church Staff Evaluation: A Tool for Effective Performance.
What are your stories and thoughts on this topic? And what resources do you suggest? We look forward to hearing from you.