Team Awareness


What we need is team awareness.

If self-awareness is an awareness of one's individuality, team awareness is an awareness of the team's collectivity.

Team awareness is knowing that performance, as in whatever the team produces, emerges from the efforts and interactions of team members.

Using that knowledge, team awareness becomes an active effort by the team to change how the team conducts its work in order to improve the product of its work.

(What makes this tricky is how every employee is on multiple teams.)

Team awareness isn't covered in leadership development programs, because programs like that are designed to focus on the individual rather than the collective. And it doesn't happen through team building events, because even when facilitated well, the aim isn't for collective awareness but individual awareness of the other individuals on the team.

Team awareness starts with a therapy session of sorts, team therapy: a collective get-together where team members reflect on how they currently do the work, identify the shortcomings of those century-old ways using examples of real work they've done together, and take the first step on the path forward.

Through The Work is a creativity development studio for healthcare people embracing The Transforming—the always-happening, always-unfolding state of change in your job ... and using it to make more of the change you know should be happening, happen.

The Transforming is the most important professional opportunity of our careers—one that will lead to new job opportunities, real change, and a transformed industry for all of us and everyone else.

My name is Drew Weilage and I work in healthcare, too. At Through The Work, I help people like you make develop a creative practice to do your best work.

Oh, and pep talks! Get a pep talk when you need one: big day, bad day, or any day at all. Text me at 646-450-2465 or send me a note.

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