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‘Psychologically safe’ environment

‘Psychologically safe’ environment

Successful teams allow for mistakes. The team members feel safe to be as creative as possible.

Every aspect can be re-engineered to allow for internal team feedback, allowing the team to self-manage, and for the team to know that their individual successes are meaningfully linked to the success of the group.

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MORE IDEAS FROM Building an Interdisciplinary Team That Can Handle Any Project

Let teams self-police within a structure

While it is necessary to give teams the freedom to work as they see fit, it is still vital to create a framework that keeps the team moving forward together.

Every team can have a team leader and account director. The team leader can remove obstacles for the team. An account director can be a stand-in for the client to help if the team gets divided with decisions.

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Foster community and creativity

Offices should be designed to facilitate communication, warmth, and interaction. If you want people to be creative and bring their best selves, you can't expect them to stand at the same desk for many hours in a day.

For example, have an outdoor dining area full of plants and a huge, inviting communal table.

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Leave room for real dialogue

Interdisciplinary teams have to leave room so that real work can get done. Because they have multiple projects, they try to limit the loss of brainpower by working for days together on one project instead of jumping between tasks.

Working together in this way ensures that people know everything that is going on, and this allows for debate and questioning that comes with bringing diverse thinkers together.

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The successful interdisciplinary team

The key to creating innovative solutions is to bring together a diverse group of people to tackle every project from Day 1.

Having an interdisciplinary team with varying skills and knowledge, and working so close together, can be challenging to manage.

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Hire for curiosity

It is important to find people who are incredibly talented and have great expertise but do not mind to put their ideas up for scrutiny. 

A quality of interdisciplinary teams is that they value curiosity and consider many different expert approaches for the best overall solution.

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Companies need some form of cohesion

During the pandemic and the switch to working from home, companies need ways to keep their teams focused and maintain a sense of togetherness.

But in most cases, virtual team building feels more agonising than the real thing. It is also inherently flawed.

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Be a Source Of Knowledge

A boss who’s focused on improving their managerial skills is the kind that workers will respect—and want to emulate. Stay abreast of management trends so you can continue to bring out the best in your team.

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Curiosity leads us to generate alternatives

When our curiosity is triggered, we are less likely to fall prey to confirmation bias (looking for information that supports our beliefs rather than for evidence suggesting we are wrong) and to stereotyping people (making broad judgments).

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