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Training Deck: Team Dynamics

Successfully navigate each stage of the team lifecycle to build and maintain high performance teams.

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  • Maxine Sesula, HR Manager, Cutting Inc.
  • Alasdair T. Campbell Sr., HR Consultant
  • Alasdair T. Campbell Jr., Vice-President, Financial Industry
  • Leon Noone, Principal Consultant, Noone Self Instruction System
  • Elaine Crowlet, Executive Coach & OD Consultant
  • Johanne Landry, Services Conseils
  • Rick Highsmith, President, Quality Team Building LLC

Your Challenge

  • Teams are present in almost all organizations. However, the majority are not experiencing the return that teams are supposed to provide.
  • Teams must effectively navigate the team lifecycle to achieve high performance. It is the team leader’s responsibility to direct the team through this tumultuous time.
  • Unfortunately, many team leaders fail to position and lead the team, resulting in poor team dynamics and mediocre team performance.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • The team lifecycle is not a straight path; it is iterative. Teams often regress and return to a previous phase.
  • The value of teams ultimately lies with team leaders as they must effectively pilot their teams through the four phases of the team lifecycle to create a high performing team.

Impact and Result

  • Gain the knowledge and ability to create effective teams that have a tangible and visible effect on the bottom line of the organization.
  • Foster essential career skills:
    • Develop managers to become effective team leaders.
    • Develop employees to become impactful and active team participants.

Research & Tools

1. Assess team members

Develop an in-depth understanding of skill gaps, interpersonal tendencies, and development opportunities.

2. Establish team goals

Clearly outline the goals and objectives of the team.

3. Set clear and consistent team ground rules

Avoid team-forming pitfalls and establish acceptable behaviors for the team.

4. Prepare for the roots of team conflict

Establish rules of conflict resolution and address individual conflicts.

5. Update team member commitment to objectives

Ensure team member accountability.

6. Assign team responsibilities and boundaries

Set appropriate touchpoints for support and to check on progress.

7. Use recognition to drive employee engagement

Tailor rewards for maximum impact.

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Published: December 10, 2014
Last Revised: December 10, 2014