Leadership Team Development: Five Behaviors that Guarantee a More Cohesive, Effective Team in Thousand Oaks, CA

Cross-Functional Team Training using a powerful Team Assessment and Team-Building Program in the Thousand Oaks 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.

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.

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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.

Understanding Where Your Team Is Today

Team development isn't a one-and-done task. It's something companies must commit to and invest in consistently over time. As new staff members integrate into the fold or long-time staff members continue to grow or face new challenges together, team development training provides the communication, collaboration and conflict-resolution skills required to support productivity and continued improvement. It's also important to know where your team is now so you can accurately measure improvement.
Ask yourself: Do you have a pseudo-team, a potential team or an actual team?

  • A pseudo-team is a group of individuals who all perform their own tasks, working individually to complete whatever work was provided to them. The assumption of pseudo-teams is that someone else — a supervisor, project manager or work group coordinator — will cobble all the pieces together and present a final product or result. The problem with pseudo-teams is that no one is able to fully support each other, ask for help or understand the big picture, which means the team isn't cohesive or growing.
  • A potential team is a work group that's moved beyond the pseudo-team environment. The individuals may still work on tasks individually, but they share some level of trust and camaraderie. This leads to more communication, a better understanding of big picture requirements and a greater likelihood that each team member may ask for assistance if they need it. Still, the lines between employees exist and they don't work as a fully functional unit.
  • A real team moves and works as one entity — even though each person may be responsible for various elements. The team members don't just trust each other and ask for help when necessary; they work together to develop aligned processes and share work in ways that benefit the company.

To get a better idea of these three team structures, imagine a giant field of wheat that needs harvesting. The pseudo-team attacks the field with scythes and other tools, and each person is responsible for gathering a certain amount of product. Some team members have better skills or tools, and they collect wheat faster. When they fill their quota, they go home, and an overseer is responsible for ensuring all sections of wheat are harvested.

Individuals in a potential team repeat the same process, but they might share equipment or help each other meet quota. This ensures the entire field is harvested faster and the overseer isn't left cleaning up unfinished work.

The members of the real team gather alongside the field first. They present ideas for getting the job done, and they pool the tools and skills they have. They might build a machine or devise a process from what resources they have; the wheat is harvested quickly and everyone is less stressed, less tired and happier with the outcome.

Any organization can have real teams — teams that ideate, plan and work together toward common goals. At Turnkey Coaching & Development Solutions, we offer customized team development programs to help you take pseudo- and potential teams and turn them into real teams.

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 constituent parts of anything — a vehicle, recipe or composition — determine its efficiency and success. Some components have major operational roles while others perform smaller essential tasks, but every element counts, and all of them require regular maintenance. The same rules apply within businesses. When you provide your work teams and cross-functional teams with well-planned team development courses, you nurture individual professional growth and increase company prosperity in general.

 

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