Do you feel like you’re fully using all of your skills? In many organizations, we only recognize the skills someone uses in their current position and disregard the rest. If you’re only using, say, 70% of your skills, and that your colleagues are doing the same, aren’t you missing out? For organizations that wish to foster collaboration and performance within its teams, making full use of existing talents is a must.
How much do you know about your team members’ strengths and skills? What if sharing them helped the team’s productivity and adaptability? The strength of a team is much greater than the sum of its parts.
Using the Johari window technique, this guide will help you facilitate a workshop to discover the breadth of your colleagues’ skills, namely:
- those they know they possess (public area and hidden area)
- those they don’t (blind area and unknown area)
- You want to discover all the skills that your team members possess, beyond their job description.
- You want to foster engagement by calling upon your team members’ multiple talents.
- No need for an external facilitator to lead this workshop. Follow the instructions and trust yourself.
- Plan enough time afterwards to facilitate a group discussion about what you discovered. It’s bound to be rich.
- Note that the skills cards have been purposely left blank. Write down specific skills related to your team’s mission.
TO GO FURTHER
- About the Johari window technique.
- About identifying the gaps between the skills that team members possess and the skills necessary to accomplish you team’s mission: Jurgen Appelo’s Team Competency Matrix.
- About evo.k.e’s Competency Cards used within this guide (in French only).
- About the fear of showing some aspects of ourselves to our team: Brené Brown’s research on vulnerability.