Teams are the most effective way produce complex products, sustain coordinated effort, or cut across boundaries to get things done.

  • Effective teams need people with an awareness of how each of them prefers to work and how to get along with and influence others.
  • Effective teams have people with knowledge on how teams function best, on factors affecting teams either positively or negatively, and an awareness of a range of strategies for different situations.
  • Highly effective teams have also developed trust in each other, put team commitment ahead of individual commitment, and expect accountability from all team members.

We offer three workshops around building team member self-awareness, building team member knowledge and building interpersonal skills for enhanced team effectiveness.

Build Team Awareness (half day workshop)

We use a range of preferred work style approaches eg ExtendedDISC®,  Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®), Hermann Brain Dominance Index (HBDI®) to help build understanding of individual differences and identify new ways of working and interacting with others.  We use a preferred team styles approach based on Belbin’s team styles to identify people’s existing team preferences.  
Participants from this workshop will walk away with:

  • a clear understanding of their own and others' preferred work styles
  • a clear understanding of their own and others' preferred team styles
  • clarity around their own and others’ strengths and how they are best used
  • positive strategies for ongoing personal and team development

Build Team Knowledge  (half day workshop)

There is a core of knowledge about why some teams are more effective, why problems can occur and what to do about it.  Simply developing a person’s generic knowledge of team processes is shown to enhance the level of teamwork skills, particularly planning and task coordination, collaborative problem solving and communication skills.

Participants from this workshop will walk away with:

  • knowledge of the factors important in team cohesion and team effectiveness
  • clarity around different sorts of teams and what to expect from each
  • clarity around establishing individual accountability and team norms
  • positive strategies for improving team effectiveness in their own teams

Build Team Trust and Commitment (half day workshop)

In addition to knowledge of how teams work, there are certain behaviours required for high performing teams.  The way people deal with conflict, communicate and provide feedback, how they hold other team members accountable for performance, how they can put the success of the team over their own individual success.  The way team members think about and behave in their teams is at the core of team effectiveness.  
Participants from this workshop will walk away with:

  • clarity around the team expectations for communication and feedback
  • insight into their own preferred conflict styles and the team norms for conflict
  • explicit expectations on team commitment and individual accountability
  • collective understanding of the interpersonal challenges facing all team members
  • strategies to assist in ongoing interpersonal and team development

Other Team Development Options

Our workplace psychologists are also skilled in identifying specialised teamwork training needs.  This may be around the specific team competencies critical for success.  It may be through a more focused teambuilding session identifying roles, jobs, tasks, rewards and objectives with the team and with individuals.  We are able to tailor team assessments and team building to the specific needs of different teams.

We are also offer executive coaching to help leaders at all levels more effectively manage and lead their teams.

Client Feedback

Comments from our post-workshop survey

'I thought the workshop was excellent. Sue was able to "win over" my more sceptical colleagues, and she was able to provide some additional insight. I don't think that anything could have been improved as it achieved an appropriate balance of challenging the participants without overwhelming and therefore losing participants."

"Sue pulled the whole day together really well. She knew when to prompt and when to just let the conversation just happen. I'd recommend to others"

"Sue has a friendly and non-assertive presentation style that lets participants open up in a very non threatening environment. She is a great listener and works the content to meet the needs of the group and individual"

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