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.
An effective team is a collaborative unit that's able to work toward a common goal successfully. If your team is dysfunctional in any way, you'll see a failure to meet your goals or a delay in meeting them, as well as fractured relationships and non-productive interaction between team members.
Turnkey Coaching and Development Solution's team development program focusing on the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team provides a highly useful metric by which to evaluate your own work team or leadership team.
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:
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.
Your team development program must include a way to assess whether your development efforts are working. The Harvard Business Review recommends paying attention to the team's output and the ability of the team to collaborate, as well as individual assessments of each of the team members.
The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Progress Report provides a template for just such an assessment, allowing you to pinpoint areas of improvement to celebrate and build on as well as those ways in which your team still needs to improve.
If a team is truly working together in a relationship of mutual accountability, the Progress Report makes that clear. It also shows obstacles to development and paves the way for team members to assess their own collaboration.
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:
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.
The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team leadership team training and development program is tailored to meet your organization's very specific and unique needs and culture. Through training, coaching and team development, you can facilitate trust, strengthen your team members’ ability to deal with conflicts, and their collaborative skills, all of which come together to produce the results you want your executive and work teams to achieve.
When you're able to harness the talents and personalities of your team members to work together cohesively toward a common goal, everyone benefits. Imagine your team making smart decisions together, tapping into each person's special abilities, and staying focused cooperatively to get results. That's the kind of teamwork that provides your organization with the ability to compete at its best.
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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