Iconic NFL coach Vince Lombardi once said, "Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." It’s a stellar line for two reasons: It addresses the need for dedication on the part individuals in order for a team to succeed, and it touches on how far-reaching those achievements can truly be. Whether you already have seasons upon seasons of wins under your belt or just a hunger to be better, a customized leadership team development program can be the turning point your team needs to reach the next level.
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.
"Assembling a team is not rocket science. Once the desired skill sets are defined, it is simply a matter of choosing the best players, or in the case of business, the most highly qualified candidates. But ensuring all the members of the team can function and play well together requires teamwork training." — Cindy Phillips, Teamwork Training Ideas, The San Francisco Chronicle.
Even if you have the right people in the right seats, their talent is wasted if they're working on islands and not connected to one another. Just as you train team members on their individual roles, it's equally important to coach them on how to work as a team, and how to ensure their talents complement one another. An effective team-development program identifies your team's pain points — the specific areas holding your team back from reaching its potential — and, through the use of progressive exercises and facilitated dialog, turns them into constructive and meaningful data-points, now useful for transformation.
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.
How Team Contributions Are Like Stone Soup
In many ways, a successful business team is a lot like stone soup. You've probably heard the old fable: Two travelers, tired and hungry, stop in a poor town and, having nothing to eat, begin boiling a stone in a pot of water in view of the townspeople. Curious residents come by to see what they're doing and listen to their adventures. Upon learning that they have only a stone to cook, the people begin offering their suggestions of additional ingredients to improve the results: one brings potatoes, another bring carrots and a third bring cabbage. Soon, a delicious stew is simmering to be shared by all.
Like the travelers' stone soup, a successful team is made up of the contributions of each individual. Only when everyone brings something to the table (pun intended) can a cohesive unit be created so that the company's success is shared by all.
How We Can Help Your Team Come Together
Effective teams bring together disparate individuals to create a group that works together for the benefit of the company, with each one's part clearly defined. We help teams improve communication, cooperation and culture so they can better move as a unit toward desired goals.
Our proven techniques, taken in part from The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, help you train team members to make improved decisions, avoid useless discussions and arguments and take advantage of each individual's strengths to form a more effective unit. Participants learn about their team style and how it affects and enhances the team's functioning. Building on the five behaviors — trust, conflict, commitment, accountability and results — each employee will be able to see their role and achieve more as a team member.
Our Training Is Customized for Your Company's Situation
Be assured that you will receive individualized attention when you come to us. Unlike some training companies, we don't offer open events for managers from several companies to attend. We create programs specifically for your company, customized to your organization's needs and goals and taking into account any other programs in place, so you come away with useful, relevant strategies and tools to help your group and, ultimately, add to the success of the entire organization. Our team development programs are usually geared toward intact teams or work-groups (both large and small teams may be accommodated), so everyone walks away with the effective teamwork knowledge and practice they need.
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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