Thursday, 20 January 2011

What mood is your Team?


I had been quite a fan of Myers Brigg indicator a while back... however though its a nice indicator, the sources to find the details are never really so easy to implement. Morever a lot of things simply don't make sense if you want only a part of it... also it was never easy to get the mood's and swings of mood from the Team in any valid or in a clear way as it best works for individuals... Though the emotions are clear in brainstorming meetings, casual chats and discussions.. I always find that some of these meetings are faux indicators of people's emotions as groups... some always crib, some always want to be in a sad mode and most of the time the negativity is considered as the mood for the Team, though it really isnt, hence meetings never can reveal what exactly is the mood and so does the MB indicator cannot work for Teams.

Corresponding to the same thought, most of the times people are not sure if they are happy or not, inspired or not, cool or not... the imposter of their emotions is really driven by the negativity blowers... so in other words... if I am not happy nor sad... I am going to be on the sad side, cause I will easily be impacted by someone who is feeling sad...

So then how does one know on a neutral platform if one is happy or not? more importantly... what is the overall mood of the team when they arrive to the office and when they leave.. specially under various phases of project and time... Well we are doing something interesting.. ofcourse we just started doing this...

There is a bunch of smiley balls we have kept on our security doors and our security team member gets every member getting into the office in the morning and leaving office in the evening put one of those balls in these buckets... the guard then publishes the figure on the board... of people who come happy to work and go happy , and people who come happy to work but go sad... a way to begin gauging of whats the mood of the Team, when you get in ;) and if we are keeping people in good spirits when they go to their loved ones or is it just those who are controlling the emotions of the Team by their ALL TIME CRIB ...

In the later version, we intend to improvise this... by putting labels to track the reasons and people... one way we know on which people we have to focus more and which people are really human and agile...


Well the exercise will help us get a indication of what is it that is keeping us going, finding out why we are happy and why not when we are in the place where we spend most of our time... Whats your view? Do you think this will be good enough to help you find your team moods...

What do you do to check the mood of your Team?

P.S : A while back I had seen about the mood checker in one of the personaility development workshops... I did not find it attractive then.. but with time I realise it is really valuable.