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

Testimonial from a Senior Manager, Australian Public Service

Susan McDonald was engaged to provide me with executive coaching.

From the outset I found Susan to be highly professional and very insightful about the issues surrounding my personal management style and those that were inherent in the organisational culture and leadership. I found Susan's advice invaluable and the Agency Executive held her professional opinion and independence in high regard. Susan is very well read and was always ready to draw upon the latest literature and developments in her field.

I found Susan intelligent, professional and stimulating. I unreservedly recommend Susan as a personal Executive Coach and am very willing to provide a verbal referee report if required. (Manager's details available through "Contact Us")

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