Course Highlights

This foundational team-building course will:

  • Outline the characteristics of a team.
  • Review several popular frameworks.
  • Suggest best practices for overcoming obstacles many teams face.
  • Offer ideas and tactics for improving team communication.

Course Overview

This two-hour course for teams introduces the essential elements groups need to work successfully with each other. The program references several well-known frameworks and references real-world examples to illustrate learning points. In addition to those elements, the course looks at best practices for listening to team members and methods for communicating information in a way that drives toward solutions instead of roadblocks. The program concludes with a survival simulation where participants will identify lessons learned about the team process.

Program Objectives

  • At this program’s conclusion, participants should be able to:
  • Identify the characteristics of teams versus groups.
  • Describe the common challenges teams encounter.
  • Discuss Tuckman’s Stages of Group Development, Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and Belbin’s Team Roles.
  • Decide if challenges can be addressed proactively or reactively.
  • Practice active listening and other listening types.
  • Identify listening errors and best practices.
  • Choose language that drives teams toward solutions.
  • Navigate a series of team challenges.
  • Discuss lessons learned during an Amazon Jungle survival simulation.

Workshop Outline

  • Coming Together: What Makes and Breaks a Team
  • Listening to Build a Stronger Team: Hearing Each Other
  • Moving to Solutions: Positive Language Choices
  • Dealing with Difficulty: Navigating Tough Situations
  • Exploring Best Practices: Building and Maintaining a Team
  • Lost in the Amazon Jungle: Exploring Team Dynamics

Armed with this information, by the end of this program participants should have some new ideas for working more effectively with a team.