Posts Tagged ‘teams’

Thank you for the…team event!

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

team Kanyu pic 2018 This month the team at Pro-Development achieved a wonderful thing and we’re so grateful and proud and all we want is to say it out loud. Yes, we went to the Kanyu Escape rooms near Wetherby and made it out (eventually, with a lot of clues). Now, team events are a bit of a busman’s holiday for us, but how interesting when the tables are turned! So how did we get on?

Well, very well…surprisingly! Although we needed an extra 12 minutes to achieve the task, we got there in the end.

What did we get from the event?

• We worked well as a team, all bringing different strengths and applying them effectively

• It was so good to spend time together without thinking about workloads and deadlines

• Everyone had a voice and was listened to

• When you don’t know what to do, ask for help (we had a lot of help!)

• We are fairly good at sharing information and communicating

• We need to do it more often

If it’s been a while since you have had a team event, we can highly recommend it. If you would like some help, get in touch with us. We design and deliver bespoke events especially for your team so you can get the most our of it too, just like we did.

The Benefits of Team Working

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

people in a circle The Benefits of Team Working

It’s no surprise that working in a supportive team contributes to employee engagement levels, yet time after time we uncover teams where a ‘them and us’ attitude prevails and gets in the way of growth. Teamwork brings about lots of benefits so it’s worth investing time in the team so they can connect and work collaboratively towards a collective goal. Lets look at some of the benefits team working can bring.

A sense of belonging

A sense of belonging is a human need, just like the need for food and shelter. A sense of belonging to a group improves motivation, health, and happiness.  Many find belonging to a team provides a purpose, and a heightened sense of feeling valued.

Ability to play to strengths

A team is made up from people with various strengths. A lot of energy can be spent working on things that individuals find hard to do or draining. Working in a team enables tasks to be aligned to individual’s strengths which could bring faster output, higher performance, more energy and increased job satisfaction.

Having a network of people for support

There are times when indiviudals are not sure of the next steps, times when workloads are overbearing and maybe times when we just need to talk things through. Working in a team provides the opportunity to share what is on our mind, check out our thoughts, motivate each other, and build our confidence and self-belief.

It is amazing the amount of camaraderie that is created in teams, especially when the going gets tough. When you know you have the support and encouragement of a team behind you, you are highly likely to be braver and push yourself harder.

More creative thinking

We all have different skills, knowledge and personal attributes. By using all of these different aspects in a team, more ideas can be produced. As more ideas are generated, more creative solutions are promoted, leading to better results.

The opportunity to develop and acquire new skills

Working in a team exposes individuals to a whole range of skills and opportunities from which they can to learn from others. In addition, when new people join the team they bring a vast array of previous experience and associated skills and abilities and this can further broaden our own skills set.

Having fun!

Working in a team that has fun together not only makes work a pleasant environment to be in, but it can also act as stress relief too! So go on and have some fun today!

If your team needs to connect and have some fun, why not get in touch and we can design a bespoke team event for you.

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT – we are running an Employee Engagement Workshop on Wednesday 29th June or Tuesday 27th September at the York Science Park, to book a place click here.

The true recipe of Authentic Leadership

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

mdp cookery school croppedThis dish, if served as team portions, provides the following nutrients:-
  • Meaning – to help others to make sense and connect with what is happening
  • Direction and communicating with the team
  • Information to enable the team to feel empowered and accountable
  • Establishing how the team work together and value each other
  • Trust and an atmosphere where people feel able to be open and honest
  • Structure and order in ever changing and confusing situations
  • 6 Amazing Directors
  • 1 Cordon Bleu Chef called Hilary
  • 2 Doctors
  • 3 clipboards
  • 1 Tender
  • Loads of Food
  • 1 pan full of enthusiasm
  • Herbs to garnish

To make truly authentic leaders you must thoroughly prepare and make a great plan. Investing time in planning can avoid a good roasting! All plans have key deliverables, but always keep the end game in mind and plan to achieve the whole. Make sure everyone has understood the task and its meaning, and all the connections are made so that everyone is cooking from the same cook book.


  1. Preheat the team to a good degree of engagement.
  2. Every team member brings something different to the table, be it sugar or spice. Identify your team member’s strengths and provide opportunities to use them. It might just be the secret ingredient you need.
  3. Many of us took the approach of “working together” as a team, this worked very well, but remember not to get too much into the detail, use everyone around you to make sure that where possible, you are being a sensor (This may mean not intervening directly but if you don’t take the time to stand back, you may miss subtle clues or end up with a smoking oven!).
  4. Know what works well in the team; however don’t miss opportunities to try something new and different that could create an even better recipe.
  5. Define roles and accountabilities – who is in charge of chopping, stirring, cooking, presentation, delivering the meal!
  6. Check-in with the team regularly, letting them know progress against the goal, how they are doing, and listen to and value their contributions.
  7. Ask great questions, it can cost you if you don’t!
  8. Listen to what is said (as well as what is not said), you might just learn something!
  9. Remember that positive energy is there to be harnessed; with it you can create some great things. Don’t turn off the energy because you think you’re being undermined.
  10. You don’t ‘knead’ to know it all! Be aware of your limitations and when you should bring in the expertise.
  11. Finally pour the mixture over the team and sprinkle with some magic leadership dust.