I've been running a couple of new leadership programmes recently with a group of people who work in the same large corporate but don't know each other. They'll be working together over a few months.
One of the things we paid a lot of attention to on the first day was connecting and group building.
No specific agenda; the only ground rule was equality of listening and speaking and truly listening to connect with each other. (In other words not writing your shopping list or sending a quick email whilst other people are speaking).
This group building enables them to build trust with each other which in turn encourages open-ness, sharing, vulnerability and honesty. They start to see what they have in common and where they can encourage and support each other.
Never underestimate the power of this - whether you're running a training programme of some type or building a team, or your team is back together again in the office after WFH. It's so tempting to try to get through loads of...