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Creative Strategies to Boost Team Engagement on Cloverleaf
Creative Strategies to Boost Team Engagement on Cloverleaf

Boost team engagement on Cloverleaf with strategies for collaboration, leveraging strengths, and enhancing communication and productivity.

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Written by Evan Doyle
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Getting teams excited about Cloverleaf isn’t always an easy task. But we know from experience once people are hooked on Cloverleaf, daily development in the flow of work becomes part of their DNA. This resource is full of ideas, angles, activities, and buzzwords to help you inspire and motivate your team to view Cloverleaf as an essential part of their day.

Help Your Team Understand that Cloverleaf Is More Than Assessments.

When people first hear about Cloverleaf, they can sometimes assume it's just another DISC assessment. The assessments are just the fuel that makes Cloverleaf's dynamic technology go. It’s important to help people understand what we call “The Cloverleaf Difference.” In the past, assessments were a “one-and-done " experience, and now Cloverleaf makes them actionable.

One way to do this is just in a BRIEF several-minute announcements in a team meeting.

Note: If you are an individual contributor on a team who uses Cloverleaf consistently for development, this is something you might consider approaching your leader to own on your team. This exercise does not have to be led by the team leader; it can also be led by the team members themselves.

  1. If you have at least one team member who is using Cloverleaf, approach them before a meeting where you plan to speak about It. Ask them to share about the features they love, when they use it, and the value it provides.

  2. Even if your team has already launched Cloverleaf, they might not know all the capabilities.

  3. Schedule time on a meeting agenda to highlight Cloverleaf

  4. Bring up your dashboard and share some of the features available on My Dashboard.

    1. Insights Search

    2. My Daily Coaching

    3. Reflections

    4. Calendar insights

  5. Invite your Cloverleaf champion to share a little bit about their experience of Cloverleaf and invite any questions from the team.

Help Your People Understand the Different Scenarios They Can Use Cloverleaf For

It’s important for people to see Cloverleaf as a virtual database for effective communication and collaboration. This short facilitation can stand on its own or be folded into any of the conversations in this resource. It’s important to present the moments we experience in our workday where Cloverleaf can be a great asset:

  1. Preparing for a difficult conversation.

    1. Features to consider:

      1. Insights Search

      2. Thinking Styles Comparison

      3. Review of that person’s individual dashboard.

  2. Preparing to give critical feedback.

    1. Features to consider

      1. Insights Search

      2. Cognitive function pairs - 16Types on the Team Dashboard

  3. Preparing to ask for a promotion or raise.

    1. Review persuasion tips of you and your direct leader

    2. Review your leadership tips and gather language about your strengths

    3. Insight Search

  4. Trying to build rapport across functions.

    1. Insight Search

    2. Review of an individual dashboard

    3. Asking for a Cloverleaf team to be created with collaborators across functions

  5. Creating understanding with someone you seem to be experiencing persistent communication challenges with.

    1. A deep review of their individual dashboard.

    2. Thinking Styles Comparison

    3. Insight Search

Issue A Challenge for Cloverleaf Use

While we do have a full-fledged Cloverleaf 30-Day Challenge, consider designing a challenge customized to your team. This can be a brief discussion that is part of a team meeting as well or folded into the previous conversation in this resource:

This conversation might be 10-20 minutes as it involves coming to an agreement on how frequently you’ll commit to interacting with Cloverleaf. Below are some talking points that can help facilitate this conversation.

Look at this as some team development time. Remember, transactional meetings don’t truly allow people to relate to one another. Creating team development time as a priority can yield many positive returns in the form of increased productivity, enhanced collaboration, and smoother conflict resolution.

Again, this conversation doesn't have to be exclusively led by the team leader. If an individual contributor is passionate about Cloverleaf, this is an opportunity to approach your leader to take on owning Cloverleaf engagement on your team!

  1. First, determine WHY increasing self- and team awareness would benefit your team. This can be an open discussion, with the question, “How would our team benefit from increased self- and team awareness?”

  2. If a person or people on the team has used Cloverleaf successfully to collaborate, create a result, etc., ask that person or people to share. (i.e., this can be two people who learned to work together more productively or even resolved a misunderstanding by leveraging information from Cloverleaf)

  3. Acknowledge that training isn’t always the answer to developing oneself. Cloverleaf allows us to develop ourselves and our team in just a few minutes a day.

  4. Consider demo-ing the reflections feature. It’s important to show just how little of a time commitment this takes.

  5. What is a realistic number of days a week we could commit to doing reflections, and how long are we willing to commit to the practice?

  6. How will we assess its impact?

    1. Once you decide your challenge's cadence and length of time, you can decide how you will debrief it as a group. This may include questions like:

      1. What did I learn about myself through these few minutes of development a week?

      2. What did I learn about my team?

      3. What actions did I take based on the reflections I completed and what was the result (if any).

      4. What will we commit to going forward?

  7. Other variations include just saving a tip you got about yourself or someone else that week and sharing its impact in a team meeting or any other regular interaction with Cloverleaf.

  8. Wrap the conversation by re-connecting to the WHY you discussed at the start of the conversation.

  9. Make sure to follow up and reiterate the commitment regularly over the time period you agreed to for added accountability.

Use Cloverleaf Hotseat to Open or Close Meetings 1-2x a Quarter

Cloverleaf Hotseat is an informal recognition exercise that can easily create important team connections, especially for virtual or dispersed teams.

While the long version is HERE, the quick idea is as follows:

  1. Ask who would like to be in the hot seat and explain this means you will go to their profile and ask them to speak about themselves as well as receive recognition from others.

  2. Click on that person’s profile or individual dashboard.

  3. Ask them to pick a category (not conflict triggers) of their coaching tips.

  4. Scroll through to find one that highlights a strength, and read that tip aloud.

  5. Ask that person to give an example of how they’ve used that strength recently on the team.

  6. Then, ask the team to share how that person has used that strength recently and its value. (allow a few people to share)

  7. This entire exercise can take 5-7 minutes, so plan and prepare for it on a meeting agenda.

  8. As a bonus, take the time to quickly check in with people about their use of Cloverleaf and perhaps share or ask someone to share the value it provides.

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