A ground rule, according to Miriam Webster's dictionary, is a basic rule about what needs to do in a particular situation or event. In building teams, however, ground rules can be useful for facilitating a team's understanding and communication around its core competencies and principles.
For example, having ground rules are excellent for meetings. They offer simple techniques for team members to focus as they work to accomplish goals. Ground rules can help to promote team understanding, especially when team members must meet and exchange complex information and address difficult issues. Having ground rules for your project teams can optimize time the team spends together and in meetings.
Setting ground rules
Set aside time for creating the rules that your team will use to accomplish it goals. Starting the process that establishes the group's ground rules will require the managers/leaders to lead on scheduling time and to set the right atmosphere that ensure that team members have a clear understanding of the rules' objectives. The effort will be well worth the time.
The manager/leader should facilitate the first ground rules setting meeting using a few base ground rules of their own, and then allow the team members to make their own for the project team.
Experience have shown that the teams that develop ground rules are more efficient and are high-functioning mostly self-governed.
When a team makes its own, members seem more eager to abide by them and less eager to break them. The team is in charge of the rules. They manage them and change them following the changes rules established by all team members.
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