TOP FACILITATOR TIPS: Developing the Team Honor Code

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We’ve discussed the importance of the Honor Code or Code of Conduct as it is sometimes called. However, the goal of producing a code is only part of the exercise. Often, teams may be formed with members who have not worked together before. Moreover, team members may be culturally and geographically diverse.

The actual task of collaborating on a code does several things:

  • Allows new team members to become acquainted;
  • Allows team members decide the “ground rules” of how they want to be treated;
  • Allows the team leader to observe the personalities of the team members;
  • Breaks the ice and elicits participation;
  • creates a shared vision of not only the mission but also the customization of who the team prefers to interact and be held accountable;
  • Allows members to identify the type of interaction they do not want and that can cause friction;
  • Allows members from other cultures to provide culturally unacceptable behavior for those who would not know otherwise.

As the project manager or leader must present the mission and its goals, developing a Code of Honor adds additional value to the opening meeting.

 

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