Training Programs

Team Development Training Programs

Participants gain an understanding of the necessary components for a highly functioning team.

Building High-Performance Teams

by David D. Knapp, PhD

According to research, the amount of time 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 – the research also provides guidance on how to build more effective workplace teams. And that’s where this team development 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.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the differences between Teams and Work Groups
  • Leverage their individual strengths as a team member, while compensating for their individual weaknesses as a team member
  • Identify and overcome “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”
  • Recognize and strive for “The Eight Characteristics of High-Functioning Teams”
  • Apply specific tips and techniques to build more effective workplace teams*

* If the session is conducted with intact teams, participants also can complete the Team Excellence Survey prior to the session.

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Developing High-Performing Teams in the Workplace

by Kari Knutson, MA

Building respectful long-term relationships in the workplace is essential for employees in any role, but it is even more crucial for teams that must rely on each other to successfully and efficiently manage cases and projects. Working in teams can be so rewarding and at the same time, it is often difficult to juggle how to best manage the variety of personalities, leadership styles, and disparate priorities.

In this team development session we will talk about the skill sets that can help participants level up their own personal leadership so that they can work even more effectively on their team. We will also cover the most common dysfunctions of teams and how to overcome them.

This program weaves together knowledge from Kari's Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Resolution, Dealing with Difficult People training content to show participants how to effectively use dynamic interpersonal skills for improved team communication, conflict resolution, trust, commitment, and accountability.

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Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team

by Christine Kopec, MA

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ has a simple goal: To help people discover how to build a truly cohesive and effective team. Based on Patrick Lencioni’s internationally best-selling leadership fable, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, this assessment-based program focuses on putting The Five Behaviors™ Model of Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, and Results into practice.

A productive, high-functioning team:

  • Establishes trust among team members
  • Engages in conflict around ideas
  • Commits to decisions
  • Holds team members accountable
  • Focuses on achieving collective results
  • Is more fun to be on!

The Five Behaviors program utilizes workplace personality assessments to help participants understand the personalities of their team and how they can effectively work together. Learn more about each assessment.

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Team Alignment Survey & Workshop

by Tara Powers, MS

Alignment is not just for cars and chiropractors. It is also essential for any team to accomplish its goals. Lack of alignment in teams can be very time-wasting, energy-draining and ultimately costly.

This course is a two-step process – the Team Alignment Survey followed by the Team Alignment Workshop.

The Team Alignment Survey measures two underlying factors that determine team success – alignment and trust. In addition, the survey goes in-depth to measure clarity (the degree to which team members are clear on their purpose, values, vision and goals) and approval (the degree to which team members approve of where the team is going and how they are going to get there).

The Team Alignment Workshop provides support and facilitation with the team leader and each team member to understand the survey results, create team action plans and develop ongoing team alignment.

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Team Dynamics Workshops and Programs

by Yvette Costa, MBA, PCC

Yvette Costa's programs are grounded in the science of happiness, positive psychology, and yogic principles. They are intentionally designed to create a positive culture and contribute to a resilient mindset.

Yvette works with individuals and teams that are ready to ‘peel the onion of self’ in order to:

  • Become happier and more content with their lives exactly where they are
  • Be more positive and resilient especially in the face of change and ambiguity
  • Experience a culture of trust and support in their personal and professional lives
  • Contribute to the teams they are a part of by being mindfully engaged and bringing their authentic selves to the table

Happy in Place (HIP) workshops are customizable and provide practical principles and tools that are realistic and easy to implement. The outcome is a strong team that is FUN to lead...a team that is HIP.

HALF-DAY WORKSHOP: Identify opportunities to shift team approach that increases productivity and collaboration.

  • 3- to 4-hour interactive workshop
  • Full ELI* team leader debrief
  • ELI reports for each team member
  • Consolidated team ELI
  • Individual and team values

8-WEEK PROGRAM: Create shared accountability for results, aligned teamwork, and create a more positive team culture.

  • Includes all components of the half-day workshop plus:
    • Individual team member ELI debrief (1 hour each)
    • 8 weekly coaching sessions with team leader (1 hour each)
    • 6 weekly group coaching sessions integrated into a 90-minute presentation with the entire team
    • Final team workshop (minimum 90 minutes) to review and evaluate progress and develop ongoing POA

6-MONTH PROGRAM: Create lasting and consistent change in all team members.

  • Includes all components of Options 1 & 2 plus:
    • 8 additional one-on-one coaching sessions with team leader
    • Up to 4 additional group coaching sessions with entire team
    • Repeat ELI assessments for leader, team, and aggregated results
    • Final team workshop to review repeat assessments, identify what to keep/change/eliminate, and ongoing POA

*ELI = Energy Leadership Index

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Virtual Team Effectiveness

by Tara Powers, MS

Remote work – or virtual work – has been called the biggest driver of transformation in the workplace. If you are on a virtual team, you probably agree! Virtual work teams have very different needs than teams who work in the same location.

In order to realize the many benefits of virtual teams – a nimble, highly productive work environment, great flexibility, lower operational costs, increased diversity, global reach – you need to understand the challenges and solutions unique to virtual teams.

This virtual team development program will transform your virtual team into a highly productive, collaborative, and successful team in your organization. The course will start by identifying the top 10 predictors of virtual team success. Following that, you and your virtual teammates will be trained on the 6C strategies to address the challenges facing virtual teams.

Tara Powers is the foremost thought leader on virtual team best practices and has been training virtual teams for many years. She is the author of the book Virtual Teams for Dummies published by Wiley in 2018.

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