The G.R. I. P. model describes 4 critical components of high
performing teamwork. Intentionally developing the 4 components is
extremely helpful in building new teams, changing old teams, and
diagnosing team problems and creating their solutions.
Goals seeks clarity of purpose and direction as well as alignment with
organizational vision, mission and strategy. It asks that we understand
the desires of the customer. Further, it encourages alignment and
commitment on the part of every member of the team.
Roles asks for acceptance of the team leader and clarity on the part
every member of the team will play. It is about expectations and
accountability, clear boundaries, and identifying and filling gaps in
Interpersonal relationships describes the trust team members have
for one another, the quality of communication and collaboration,
sensitivity and flexibility with each other, and effective methods for
dealing with conflict.
Processes and workflow includes how decisions are made, how the
team solves problems and addresses and resolves conflict, as well as
the work processes, procedures and workflow necessary to do the job
effectively and efficiently.
Almost any activity that can engage a team effectively can be used as
a Team Building activity. Brainstorming, discussing, making
decisions, as well as delivering on commitments all serve to build
teamwork. It can be particularly helpful to focus on the life of the team
itself, using a model like GRIP, or the team’s Best DNA. Activities that
are fun and physical enhance relationships and communication even