The Team Bootstrap
The definition of the word “bootstrap”: “To pull oneself out of a situation using existing resources”.
A team Bootstrapping session forms the team around the common resources that exists in the team with a strong focus on what everyone wants to gain from being on the team.
The root of all conflicts in a team is a value clash on a deep level. People that “check out” of the team do so because their values aren't being honoured.
This is the value of doing a Team Bootstrap. In the Bootstrap, we uncover personal values in use in the context of the team. Then we help the team to translate those values into statements of behaviour on a team contract.
The Team Bootstrap has the following outcomes:
- The opportunity for everyone in the team to understand why everyone else is there.
- What the needs are of everyone.
- The behaviour that are expected from each other as a team.
- A team / social contract that captures the discussions of the day.
The Team Contract answers this question: “What do you personally need to be in place, to be on this team?”. The contract is then used to help each other stay checked into the team.
The Team Bootstrap process is an indispensable part of forming a team into a cohesive unit that works well together.
To some people, “coffee” means “black, bitter and hot”. To others “creamy and sugary with sprinkles”. To prepare the wrong coffee can be a personal insult. That is why we always ask “How do you want your coffee?”.
To some people, “respect” means “treat me as an equal”. To others “be quiet when I speak”.
Surprisingly, we never ask “how do you want your respect?”.