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This will improve organisational effectiveness and job satisfaction.
Much of the business of an organisation takes place between pairs of people. These interactions can be positive and developing or frustrating and destructive. You can improve them by this simple tool.
"Team of two" works well with any two people who work together. It is excellent for consultants and clients. It will even work for life partners.
It does not work when the relationship is so broken down that either party would rather have a battle than do anything to make it better.
Each person writes down 1) How they think they could help the other person and 2) How they think the other person could help them.
The hypothetical example of a manager and secretary will make this clearer.
(You can download an editable Word version of the forms here)
The people decide what to do.
A person may say: -
I have used these ideas in a series of workshops for secretary/PA and managers. The exercise easily led to free, open and positive discussions and decisions about all aspects of the work together, from the day to day, filing etc to the strategic, about priorities. One common decision was for the PA to attend some meetings with the manager so she or he would understand more about the manager's work and thus be able to make better decisions about what was important.
This tool will not work if the relationship has so broken down that the parties do not want to make improvements.
Please play with these ideas and use them in any way that makes sense to you. If you stick to giving and receiving practical help and treating both parties fairly it will work well, if the people want to make their relationship work.
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