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My name is Drew Weilage. I work with healthcare administrators to make work matter.

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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.

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