Building Effective Teams

The amount of time that individuals spend working in teams continues to increase.  Unfortunately, so do the levels of dissatisfaction and frustration among those team members.  But the situation is not hopeless –research provides ample guidance on how to build more effective workplace teams, and that’s where this training comes in. 

Based on three well-known approaches to team building (Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions of Teams, Carl Larson and Frank LaFasto’s Teamwork:  What Can Go Wrong – What Must Go Right, and Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith’s The Wisdom of Teams) this highly interactive session provides practical team-building skills that can be applied immediately.

Objectives:  Upon completion of the program, participants will be better able to:

  • Understand the fundamental differences between “Teams” and “ Work Groups”;
  • Identify and overcome “The Five Dysfunctions of Teams”;
  • Recognize and strive for “The Eight Characteristics of Highly Functioning Teams”; and
  • Apply specific tips and techniques to build more effective workplace teams.

Agenda:  The course is designed around the following modules:

  • MODULE ONE:  INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING EFFECTIVE TEAMS
    • Introductions, Review Agenda, and Session Overview
    • Group Activity:  “The Construction Project”
    • Review “The Construction Project” in context of Building Effective Teams
  • MODULE TWO:  TEAM MEMBER SELF AWARENESS
    • Individual Activity:  “I Am…” Communication Style Survey
    • How Individual Communication Style Affects Team Dynamics
  • MODULE THREE:  THE FIVE DYSFUNCTIONS OF A TEAM
    • Group Activity:  “The Informer”
    • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team                   
    • Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team                                  
  • MODULE FOUR:  EFFECTIVELY FUNCTIONING TEAMS
    • Group Activity:  “What Makes a Team Successful?” 
    • Working Groups versus Teams                              
    • The Eight Characteristics of Effectively Functioning Teams
    • The Guiding Principles of Successful Teams
    • Dealing with Low-Performing Team Members (“Social Loafers”)

Length:
Full day

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