Leadership Team Development: Build a Stronger Team to Ensure a Stronger Company in Fargo, ND

Enhance Your Team Strategy With Cross-functional Team Training and Team Assessment Programs in the Fargo 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.

What Does an Effective Team Look Like?

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.

  • Do the members of your team trust one another? Do they communicate with transparency and honesty, or do individuals try to protect themselves, often at the expense of others on the team? Once your team members are able to be vulnerable with each other, they can provide the support needed to reach common goals.
  • Do the members of your team thrive in an atmosphere of healthy and supportive conflict? Are they able to address ideas constructively and honestly? Teams that are afraid of conflict often hinder their ability to create something exciting and to solve intractable problems, whereas teams that have learned to listen to the alternative points of view that arise during healthy conflict can move on to constructive solutions.
  • Are the members of your team afraid to commit to decisions? Do they hesitate to come to a conclusion or even to state a clear opinion, perhaps out of fear that they'll be censured or mocked? If your leadership team has all the data and experience it needs, but they can't reach a decision, no plan of action can be executed.
  • Does your team hold one another accountable for measurable results? Do they meet deadlines effectively, or do you hear countless excuses as to why an action item couldn't be accomplished? Team members that trust each other, that have explored all the options together, and that have committed to a clear and actionable plan are able to encourage each other toward completion because they share a desire for mutual success.
  • Does your team have its eyes on the final goal? Do the members of your leadership team (or cross-functional team) know what they want to accomplish individually and collectively? Once you have the fundamental team development building blocks in place, your team can achieve the results they once only dreamed of.

The Statistic-Backed Argument for Collaboration

In a study conducted by the Queens University of Charlotte, 39 percent of recipients expressed that they believe other people in their organization weren't collaborating enough. Additionally, three out of four respondents said they felt working together was “very important.” Those two facts illustrate the seriousness of teamwork and the dire straits an organization can be in when collaboration is shoved on the back burner, either intentionally or as the product of a strained office environment.

Employees or group participants don't want to feel like they're bearing the brunt of the workload. Feelings of resentment and discontent inevitably follow, as does isolation and, in many cases, a breaking point. In short, poor teamwork is a breeding ground for miscommunication, lack of productivity and even the loss of valued employees. Luckily, although prevention is preferable, repair is absolutely possible. A thorough evaluation of your team — not just as a whole but as the sum of many moving parts — is a vital starting point for what can ultimately become a long-term exercise in reflection and improvement.

Ready to build a strong, dynamic team that can tackle any problem? We'd love to help. Call us at 281-469-4244 to speak to one of our professional team development experts.

How Can You Evaluate Your Team?

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.

Why Great Teams Matter

Individual performance within a company is vital, but when teams work effectively together, the results can be widespread and game-changing. Research by the Academy of Management Journal indicates that the most efficient teams contain a mix of introverted and extroverted personalities, and that teams find balance over time. The right team development training scheme can help newly assembled teams reach harmony within a reasonable period.

  • Great Executive Teams Lead Well
    Leadership teams empowered with the skills they need to work well with one another and with their employees are able to encourage cohesive group efforts.. When leaders put in the effort to work together and develop trust, that impact travels through the company hierarchy and positively affects everyone in its path. Confident and equipped with strategies to help them tackle unexpected challenges, trained leadership teams experience less stress in the workplace and use vision and wisdom to lead their departments. The employees they supervise frequently report a higher level of satisfaction in the workplace and are likely to praise, rather than criticize, their managers. Leadership team training courses can help your managers assert themselves in healthy ways, excel in demanding situations, and learn to create team culture that works for everyone.

  • High-Flying Employees Need Supportive Teams
    Some companies base their sales goals on what they believe one or two high-performing salespeople might achieve in any given quarter. In these situations, less successful members of the sales team are often neglected rather than trained to the same standards as their more gregarious peers, leading to higher staff turnover. That's a pity because according to a recent Harvard study, star performers only reach their true potentials if they're backed by stable and well-trained teams. Quieter and outwardly less accomplished staff members may actually be vital components in the machinery of your business.

Custom-Built Team-Training Courses

One-size-fits-all courses abound in the world of business, but to really achieve results, companies opt for custom-created team development programs. Here at Turnkey Coaching & Development Solutions, our training programs are built around your firm's specific needs and are designed to help your business achieve unique goals. We are competent and skilled at training both large and small teams or work-groups and teach them how to work seamlessly with one another, even under pressure.

The Team Development Program That Moves Your Team Forward

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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