Leadership Team Development: Build a Stronger Team to Ensure a Stronger Company in Savannah, GA

Team Training - The Benefits of Deploying a Team Assessment and Team-Building Program to Develop Trust, Cohesion and High Performing Teams in the Savannah area

Take a look at winning sports teams, such as the New England Patriots and Golden State Warriors. Aside from the individual talent, the first thing you might notice is how they perform as cohesive units. When they run a play, it's like each player knows what the others are thinking. Such a level of connection doesn't come about spontaneously. Months of rigorous team building and team development go into crafting the finished product that fans see. With custom-built team-training programs, the professional coaches and master trainers at Turnkey Coaching & Development Solutions can help you develop high-level unity and foster engagement in your work teams.

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.

Where Does Team Strength Come From?

Former professional basketball player Phil Jackson once said, "The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team." That quote says everything about the importance of working together and developing trust — each team member is weakened if the group isn't cohesive and working toward common goals. The team as a unit is strengthened when everyone communicates, works together and applies their unique talents and skills in logical, cooperative ways.

Louisa May Alcott, author of the classic book Little Women puts it even more succinctly. She says, "It takes two flints to make a fire." Organizations that want to light a fire within work groups must bring the right people together and help them understand how to strike against each other in positive ways to create the right flames.

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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.

The Five Behaviors of Effective Teams

The need for psychological safety plays itself out as you work through team development, making itself evident in every stage of the process. These five behaviors join to create the environment in which a successful team can flourish.

  1. Trust.
    Building the kind of trust that allows true vulnerability is vital for a team to thrive. Even a simple statement like, "Your solution to the problem is better than mine" can open doors that allow trust, empathy and insight to flourish.
    If an individual is worried that another member of the team is likely to use their weakness against them, take credit for their idea or make commitments they fail to keep, for example, the work team will fracture in an environment filled with a lack of trust. When team members can be honest about their misgivings and weaknesses, they're not afraid to admit if they make a mistake. That opens the door to being able to ask for help, making it possible for team members to join together to meet deadlines and achieve common goals.

  2. Conflict
    Conflict is inevitable among any group of people. When you combine people with different gifts and personalities on a workplace team, however, conflict can cause progress to slam to a stop.
    Once trust is established, healthy conflict is achievable. When team members engage in healthy conflict, they're able to debate ideas on their merits rather than vying for political advantage. An environment that welcomes all ideas equally helps a team focus on finding solutions.

  3. Commitment
    Your entire team doesn't have to agree on details to commit to decisions made. However, when individual team members feel they've been heard, it becomes easier to set aside personal agendas or desires to work together to achieve the goals of your organization. When it's clear that a decision has been made in the best interests of your organization, even team members who retain some modicum of disagreement can buy in to the actions to be taken.

  4. Accountability
    In a truly cohesive team, the team leader doesn't have to become “the heavy” in demanding accountability. An effective team consists of members who hold each other accountable to meeting deadlines, taking appropriate action and adhering to the standards the group must meet. When a team member expects and receives consistent respect and trust from other members of the team, a call to accountability isn't taken as an insult but rather as a statement of shared responsibility.

  5. Results
    With a team development program focusing on the Five Behaviors, you don't end up with a group of individuals who place their own agendas, egos or aspirations ahead of the team's goals. Instead, you see a true team with members who can set aside individual needs to achieve results.

The Importance of Customized Team Development Solutions

Moving through these stages and creating an environment of psychological safety isn't something that happens at a day-long event with people from other companies undergoing training as well. At Turnkey Coaching & Development Solutions, we design each program to meet the needs of each client, looking at specific goals, managerial levels and existing programs. We customize each team development program to be specific for your unique intact teams, operational teams, decision-making teams and work-groups to reach true effectiveness.

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.

The very best team-training and team-development programs are designed with your company in mind. Attendees emerge with a new sense of well-being and feel smarter, stronger and more ready to tackle challenges than they did when they arrived. In turn, they inspire their peers and subordinates, causing an uptick in morale and an increase in productivity. In the end, an investment in your most important, but often most neglected assets — your leadership teams and work teams -— produces widespread results that positively affect your business.

 

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