Teams and team members can be more effective and efficient by taking stock of themselves periodically. Whether for a regular retreat or a remedial intervention, we provide detailed diagnosis and discussion activities that focus on specific objectives. Drawing on many years of experience as well as academic teaching of group process, our team building provides teams with specific tools they need to work together most effectively. While each team building is unique, the following topics are often addressed, with experiencial activities followed by discussion and finally action items.
- Team questionnaire – to identify team members’ perceptions of team strengths and areas to improve. Team members respond to the questionnaire online prior to the scheduled team building. Results are used to plan activities and are shared with team leaders and members.
- Getting to know you better. All teams are more effective when the members know each other well. Self-disclosure activities develop trust and team cohesion, which fosters openness and aids with conflict management.
- Understanding team decision-making. Most teams assume that all decisions should – and are – made by consensus. Other types of decisions may be more effective at certain times, in certain situations.
- Meeting management. Attending to key aspects of meeting management such as agenda-setting, recording, pre-meeting work, between meeting assignments, etc. make a big difference in team effectiveness.
- Managing team conflict. If there was no conflict, teams would not be necessary. Learning how to handle differing views and how to resolve differences helps teams capitalize on their differences.
- Different styles, different roles. Understanding team members’ personal styles (using DiSC, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, or other tools) helps team members build on strengths and help each other with weaker areas. Understanding needs for such things as closure, agreement, and results will help team members respond to each others’ needs and in doing so, increase overall team effectiveness.