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It is important to lie down a clear set of expectations in regards to behavior and communication for the group, because this is an important aspect of coaching your team. The expectations help to build empathy and understanding, and ensure that individual preferences aren't given more importance than team objectives. If you want to formalize these expectations in a solid and profound way, make it a TEAM CHARTER. A charter is a contract that outlines a set of behavior rules which each member of the team is expected and required to follow and support. Here are some examples of TEAM CHARTER GROUND RULES: 1. Everyone is equal so treat each other with respect 2. Opinions should only be offered when needed 3. If you feel you have been wronged talk to the person who offended you directly 4. Each team member should be given the opportunity to share their ideas 5. Do not ridicule other ideas These are some basic ground rules that can get you started on your team charter (Coaching for Team Performance, 2011). It may sound like Kindergarten, but adults are a lot like children when it comes to team work, they all want to be in charge. So by laying down these ground rules, you can hopefully nip the problems in the bud before they even begin to show signs of coming forth. Often times people will have competing values that will create a major obstacle to team unity, and the effectiveness of the team (Maxwell, 2004). An example of this is that it is not uncommon for an organization to promote teamwork, and they will still reward individual behavior. When this does happen, you will see problems with team member who give personal reward a higher priority than the performance of their team (Maxwell, 2004).
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