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Creating a Positive Team Climate: 20 Practical Ideas by Glenn Parker

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“I was afraid to disagree”

At a community board meeting, the president asked, “How's morale around here?” The first person to respond said, “On a scale of one to ten, I'd say it was an eight.” After that, everyone said either seven or eight.

When my turn came, I really wanted to tell the truth and say, “Around three or four,” but I was afraid to disagree. After the meeting, several other members told me they also felt the morale was bad but were reluctant to speak up.

Questions:

•   Can you imagine something like this happening on your team?

•   What would be the likely outcome?

•   What is the long-term impact of this type of climate?

•   What can be done to change the climate on this team?

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