Leadership Team Development: Five Behaviors That Build a Successful Team in Cambridge, MA

Discover How Team Training and Team Assessment Tools Can Help Your Organization Exceed Goals in the Cambridge area

The best teams aren’t just a random conglomeration of strong team members, just as a quality jewelry chain isn’t simply a bunch of precious metal strung together. Fine gold doesn’t gain any value if it’s soldered together without care, and the same is true for your work teams. Approaching team building with the right resources and level of consideration lets you increase the value of each member’s contribution and ensure a culture where everyone supports each other in a positive, productive manner. One way organizations can invest in their teams is via customized team development training.

Why Team Building? Identifying the Five Dysfunctions of a Team

To build up a team, you first have to discover that team’s most glaring pain points. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni outlines the following:

  1. Absence of Trust
  2. Fear of Conflict
  3. Lack of Commitment
  4. Avoidance of Accountability
  5. Inattention to Results

Each dysfunction forms a pillar supporting the team as a whole; even one weak column increases the threat of collapse. High-performing teams aren’t necessarily perfect and rarely (if ever) are all five dysfunctions permanently banished. Instead, team members are constantly asking questions, re-evaluating their individual roles and interpersonal skills, and addressing any changes that need to be made.

Our leadership team development experts turn training retreats into launching pads, igniting long-term discussions that create enduring and positive change. Patterns shift, attitudes evolve, and groups acquire a deep understanding of where they are so they can consciously influence where it is they want to go.

The Characteristics of Team Success

Common trouble signs make low-performing teams easy to identify. Meetings in which certain members constantly interrupt others or where awkward silences and tense conversations regularly occur indicate unbalanced worxking relationships. During a study by MIT's Human Dynamics Laboratory, participants wore electronic badges, which captured certain behaviors as they spoke to teammates. The sociometrical results were profound and gave researchers new insight into successful teams as well as unsuccessful groups.
In successful teams:

  • Individuals spoke directly to each other as well as their group leader
  • Individuals shared ideas directly with one another and connected outside of work
  • Individuals went scouting outside the group and brought new information back to the team
  • Individuals faced one another during conversations and spoke with enthusiasm
  • All team members contributed equally during conversations

In short, when positive communication flows within a group, the team works like a well-oiled machine. Well-designed training courses can shape leadership teams and cross-functional teams by helping members develop the skills they need to communicate and collaborate more effectively within groups.

If this sounds like something your team could use, give us a call at 281-469-4244. We look forward to providing scalable solutions for increasing the profitability of your organization.

What Our Team Training Looks Like

On the flip side of dysfunction, you’ll find both power and purpose — two things our team training initiatives are designed to achieve. The heart of that journey is an assessment-based learning experience called The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team.

This model turns the dysfunctions above on their heads, reintroducing those pain points into tools.

  • From an absence of trust comes transparency and honesty
  • Fear of conflict gives way to constructive debates that encourage growth and cooperative ideas
  • Interaction and participation shoves lack of commitment firmly into the past
  • Shared responsibility for a shared goal ensures accountability across the board
  • Results are no longer incidental, but they become the primary focus of all team efforts

By learning about each team member and educating them on their own key behavioral characteristics — powered by Everything DiSC® or AllTypes (MBTI)— we begin to break down each group into its most elemental components so we can better structure a more capable and vigorous whole. You’ll discover more about yourself than you thought possible as you watch your own processes improve, but the real magic is in witnessing how each individual’s attributes gradually interlock with their teammates’.

Why Team Training Works

We believe team-building is an ongoing process, and more effective teams mean more productive employees. For example, managers usually don't inherently know how to effectively motivate their employees or foster a team that's cohesive and works together well. That's what our research-backed team development program is for. The members of a cohesive team have confidence in its abilities and productiveness. They also:

  • Have an ability to make sound decisions
  • Utilize the skills and talents of all members
  • Celebrate each other's successes
  • Raise concerns when there are problems
  • Hold each other accountable for mistakes
  • Don't waste time with politics, confusion or discussing what doesn't matter

When leaders are properly trained, they have the skills to motivate and inspire their teams, resulting in increased work production and company profitability. And, when team-members understand how to improve their interpersonal effectiveness within the team, the team itself becomes an organization's most prized assets.

This type of staff training is effective because it pinpoints the major pitfalls that exist within ineffective teams and replaces them with positive behaviors. It also motivates team members who may be low performers or disengaged, two unhealthy characteristics of team members.

Where Team-Building Programs Take Place

The answer is — everywhere. We provide client-focused team-building programs all over the country, so chances are, there's a team development program available in your area. The result of your time and investment is a more cohesive, productive team that's able to take on multiple challenges, regardless of your industry.

What We Are and What We Are Not

We are not a company that provides week-long or day-long retreats that HR managers attend with other managers. This is not what the "Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team" philosophy is about. Instead, we deliver customized, focused assistance and team training for intact professional teams. This includes managers and the employees who work for them. We design individual programs to suit each client's requirements and goals to fix major issues that need addressing. A typical session involves between 6 and 40 employees, depending on the size of the organization.

You Can't Put a Price on Effective Communication

The bottom of the pyramid of the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team features a foundation of trust, and the key component of this is good communication. An ineffective teammate doesn't communicate well. In cases like this, team members may not know what is expected of them, resulting in conflict, increased difficulty with accomplishing tasks and, ultimately, a professional team that's unproductive and a poor contributor to the success of the company. This is yet another reason why our team-building and team training solution is valuable.

How Team Training Makes Waves

Many experts refer to team building as one of the most important investments you can make. Improving team cohesion and function means making better decisions based on aggregate input, wasting less time, and, perhaps most importantly, boosting your bottom line. Whether you’re a nonprofit or a Fortune 500 company, success can be quantified and a high-functioning team creates superior outcomes.

Speaking of quantifying results: every group that completes the Five Behaviors assessment is eligible for a Progress Report six to 12 months later. This serves to reinforce the idea that change is not a single step forward but rather a treadmill — you’re never truly “there,” but you can increase your endurance, lengthen your stride, and teach your body to work more efficiently and effectively so you’re in a position to re-imagine your goal into something even bigger and better.

Who Team Assessment and Team Development Training is For

Turnkey Coaching & Development Solutions designs training and employee development programs for leadership teams, work teams and cross-functional teams. Our curriculum uses research backed building blocks and then is custom-built for each client’s unique needs, goals, and team makeup. We create a one-of-a-kind “adult-learning” environment and agenda that’s tailor-made and remarkably effective. Most companies come to us with between 10 and 30 employees at time, allowing for targeted training that compels progress.

We have two programs:

Single-Day Team Development Training

Provides an intense overview of what high-performing teams must learn to outperform their competitors and fulfill their goals. When your team only has a single day to give to the goal of effective teamwork, this is the program that can change the course in a snap.

Team Development for Lasting Change Program

This is not a quick "day program" or a cookie-cutter seminar that repeats word for word from city to city. Instead, we offer a laser-focused approach that uses the best practices in leadership development and work team development to help your team not only create but sustain results.

Turnkey Coaching & Development Solutions has programs across the United States, centered in all major metropolitan areas. Dates and times are set according to your needs, reflecting our adherence to client-centric systems. You’re not sending your leaders to participate in a managerial meet-and-greet or to learn skills that only hold unilateral benefits. This is coordinated learning founded on well-respected principles molded to fit your team’s makeup, and it truly works.

A team-building and team-development program is an effective way to build cohesion among your team. But it isn't a one-shot deal. The bonds forged through team-building activities can erode over time without proactive steps to keep them strong. That's why team development, as with culture development, should be an ongoing part of your business's strategy. True, you might not have the time or the funds for weekly team retreats, but you can incorporate productive and fun team-training exercises into your daily routine. This commitment, over time, will not only transform your team’s effectiveness but also have a positive impact on your company’s culture.

 

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