Most of the time we aren’t even aware of a problem until we’re aware of a problem. That may seem pretty self-explanatory and obvious, but it’s true! And we can’t change or fix something we’re not aware of. If our car’s battery needs to be replaced, we don’t know that til the car doesn’t’ start. The battery probably needed to be replaced several weeks ago, but not being aware of the problem we could do nothing to fix it.
I’m sure there are challenges in your office that you’re aware of. Is everyone aware of them? Are the same issues important to everyone? Until the team as a whole is aware of the problem as a whole, it’s difficult, if not impossible to repair it.
We had a group out recently who identified that they were having communication issues. They were a rapidly expanding group with lots of moving parts. Roles were constantly being reassigned and juggled from one person to another. There was always a “new thing” to be done that took priority over the last “new thing.” The result was a feeling of overwhelm and confusion and disconnection from their passion.
“This is JUST how it happens at the office!”
Spending some time with our equine facilitators gave them a shared, common experience to which they could all relate in the same way. Denial about what happened within their group wasn’t even possible because they had all witnessed it together. Once they realized that their interactions with the horses were just like their interactions in the office they became aware of not just the problem, but the pattern that was creating it. They were amazed at what this pattern was costing them in lost productivity. Rather than being so independent they saw the benefits of putting into practice the interdependence that makes good teams great.
What patterns are holding you or your team back? How did you become aware of them? How were you able to transform them?