Developing Effective Teams for Results

Assigning people to teams is easy; getting those teams to produce dynamic results isn’t. How do you overcome the “80-20 rule” (where 20% of the people do 80% of the work)? How do you get members of the team headed in the same direction without losing the diversity of ideas and work styles that the members can contribute? We begin with proven assessment tools that produce usable profiles of team members and team dynamics, then develop custom processes for getting each team to the next level.

Building High Performance Teams is about improving the ways people work together. All of our work with teams in organizations is customized to address specific objectives and desired outcomes unique to each client. Central to our work with teams is the foundational agreement that a team is defined in the following way:

A team is a collection of individuals who come together to fulfill a purpose, to collaboratively achieve a greater result than any single individual could, while respecting and appreciating team member differences, and learning collectively from the experience.

It is important to understand the role of teams in today's organizations. First, teamwork unleashes the incredible potential of your work force. Second, your employees learn to work together to solve problems and make decisions.

A Team approach is not just one way of reaching high productivity – it is the BEST way. Research shows that teams who work together can lower costs, increase productivity, increase customer satisfaction, increase quality and accomplish a host of other benefits for your organization and your customers.

Our work in team development focuses upon the following five components of team effectiveness:

      • Team goals – the team’s sense of purpose and direction

      • Team communication – how team members relate with one another

      • Team make-up – an understanding of selection optimizing teamwork and minimizing “lone wolf” attitudes

      • Team processes and procedure – the way in which a team conducts its business effectively and efficiently

      • Team leadership – the capacity of every team member to take on a leadership roles and using both "personal power" and shared leadership when the situation requires it

Team development interventions are designed based on a team’s level of effectiveness in each of these areas and the objectives or needs for change or fine tuning the team’s performance.

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