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10 Easy Phrases Which Point to a Healthy Team

Do you want to be a part of a healthy team?

Do you like simple?

Maybe we’ve made this more complicated than it has to be. I think there are values we can strive to attain which can help make our teams healthy.

Let’s be honest, in team dynamics – just as in relationships – there are seasons when things are better than other times. But, over the course of months and years we should be able to identify a healthy team. You certainly know one when you serve on one.

I have noticed a few key things which are taking place when I’m on a healthy team.

Here are 10 easy phrases which point to a healthy teams:

  1. Relationships matter way more than structures or systems.
  2. Titles never determine the importance of a person’s voice.
  3. Good communication is highly valued.
  4. Conflict is never avoided and used to make the team stronger.
  5. Everyone embraces and loves a common interest and goal.
  6. A person’s character is equally important to their intellect or abilities.
  7. The team rallies when times are tough.
  8. No one gets all the recognition.
  9. Enjoying the journey is part of the plan.
  10. There are no minor roles or minor players.

How many does your team score?

Which of these does your team most need to improve upon?

And, if we do it right, we may be able to stop at number one!

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  • — The different members of the team are there to complement each other and not compete against one another.
    — Servanthood and humility is the desired quality and not one-upmanship.
    — Trust is the crux of the operation and not suspicion.

  • Old School says:

    So with # 1 being #1 are you saying not structure or systems? Wheen looking at staff or church ministry teams, if its all about relationships then where does leadership and direction come from. I am really batteling this, since as I was informed that "you are old school times have changed". I do want to be a good leader, and a team player / leader. Any of this make sense?

    • ronedmondson says:

      These are great questions. Structure and systems do matter. They keep things moving forward. Without them you would fail. But systems and structure without relationships becomes a bureaucracy, not a team…ultimately not a church. Jesus led out of relationships. He taught the masses, but He built strong relationships with the 12 and even more so with His inner circle of Peter, James and John. He is our best example of relationships matter. Consider that the disciples couldn't grasp the truth of the resurrection, but they followed Jesus because of their trust in Him….their relationship. If you have the right relationships with people, I don't think being “old school” in systems and structures matters as much.Here's a great resource :

  • Melissa says:

    Cornball is COOL! (Since I'm the old fuddy duddy and like to reference the good old Mayberry plan of action)

    Have a great weekend!

  • Bob Dewhurst says:

    I like your simple yet not simplistic approach to the topic of teams.