Are you an Agile Coach or Scrum Master looking to revolutionize your team dynamics? Tackle latent tension or conflict? And generally help teams work better together?
We have an episode for you, featuring Sara Clark, a pioneer in the use of “Tension Meetings”, the topic of the episode.
These meetings can transform conflicts into fuel for growth.
But what exactly are they? How can they reshape your team’s future? Keep reading and uncover the secrets to harnessing tension!
The Genesis of Tension Meetings
Sara’s journey from higher education to Agile methodologies led her to discover “Tension Meetings” while working in a volunteer collective.
Despite the initial failure, these meetings proved instrumental in addressing underlying conflicts.
The concept, rooted in Holacracy, begins with the premise that “something feels off,” serving
Tension Meetings in Action
Imagine a software team sitting down to address their unspoken challenges. Sara provides invaluable tips on setting up these meetings, emphasizing collective problem-solving and approaching tensions with curiosity.
The key? Building trust within the team and creating a non-threatening environment for open dialogue. And this is one of the key strengths of Tension Meetings.
Wondering how to facilitate a tension meeting effectively? Listen to this episode which is packed with insider tips.
The Transformative Impact of Tension Meetings:
Sara shares real-world examples illustrating the profound impact of Tension Meetings on team dynamics and problem-solving.
By carving out space for these discussions, teams can not only resolve current issues but also proactively address future challenges.
As Agile Coaches and Scrum Masters, it’s vital to continuously evolve and embrace innovative practices. Here are your key takeaways from our conversation with Sara:
- Identify and Embrace Tensions: Recognize the signs of unresolved tensions and see them as opportunities for growth.
- Facilitate with Curiosity and Trust: Learn to guide your team through these meetings with an open mind and a focus on building trust.
- Transform Tensions into Team Strengths: Use these meetings to turn challenges into collective goals and future-focused solutions.
If you want to meet Sara, you can do that at the following workshop that she is organizing about her “Transforming Tensions Toolkit”.
You can also attend the “Tension Meetings Meet-up/Lean Coffee”.
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About Sara Clark
Sara brings to us over 15 years of experience facilitating dialogue, training, and healthy culture in highly diverse teams. Her passion lies at the intersection of intercultural communication, liberation, and play. Sara draws from Agile and Next Economy practices to keep value flowing in her public benefit cooperative, Ember Co-op, and in her company, Curious Ways.
You can link with Sara Clark on LinkedIn.