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.
In 2012, Google began a new research project in team development, which it dubbed Project Aristotle. The Googlers studied 180 productive, effective teams but couldn't figure out what they had in common. Was it hierarchical structure? No. Did the team members have compatible backgrounds or personality types? Sometimes, but not always. Were all the team members friends who hung out together after work? Again, sometimes.
The Google researchers drilled deeper and deeper, finally discovering the one element that all great teams share: psychological safety.
According to Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson, psychological safety is the "shared belief held by members of a team that the team is safe for interpersonal risk-taking." To reach a point of psychological safety, trust is vital, as is the ability to disagree in a healthy manner.
The Project Aristotle researchers then looked at how psychological safety manifests itself in healthy teams, highlighting two defining factors that show up in the give-and-take of the top productive teams.
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.
Our team development program aims to provide your team with the resources required to meet and exceed goals — together. Ability alone isn't enough to sustain a professional team for long; team members need proper training, trust and commitment to the team's goals to be successful.
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