So how might we re-frame the phrase "touch-feely when exercises or events we do as a team? Here are some random thoughts off the top of my head:
- team building
- strength building
- soul searching
- exposing the dark side
- persona completing
- relationship strengthening
- leadership capacity
- self awareness
- building team awareness
The next time I hear someone say to me that they do not like to or need to engage in touch-feely exercises in their team, my arsenal of replies will include:
- "so you don't want to use all of the tools available to your team to make it better?"
- "so optimum team performance is not important to you?"
- "so everyone on the team is fully developed as a leader?"
- "so the team is self-aware enough to monitor when it makes good and bad decisions?"
- "so you would rather have a team that is less encouraging of one another than it can be?"
- "so you don't want to build the leadership capacity of the team?"
- "so you believe that everyone on the team is always making decisions from the purest motives possible?"
- "so don't you want your team to be better tomorrow than it is today?"
If you have the need to keep using the term touchy-feely, I suppose that's okay. Just be sure to say it in such a way that it exudes a positive connotation for team building...which leads to a better functioning team...which leads to a team getting more accomplished...which leads to a fuller living out of the organization's mission...which leads to healthier communities and a better world. I don't know about you, but if The Provost's Council begins to function at the level we all believe it can as a result of the exercises we have been going through, then I'm all for touchy-feely...whatever that might mean!