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Team Development

Workshop duration: 2 days

Structure

Tracy Learning’s Team Development utilizes an experience based approach including activities, games, exercises, and discussions to bring teams together, focused on common goals. Each workshop is unique, adapting to the needs and issues of both team members and corporation objectives. More than just fun and games, Team Development uncovers real issues and obstacles that lie beneath the surface. Issues are then dealt with, goals are determined, and plans are put into play to set teams on a path of productivity and success.

Group Dynamics

The unwritten and unspoken sets of rules of conduct and behavior within a group or team are called “norms”. Participants learn to understand the norms within their team, how to reinforce productive standards, and avoid negative behaviors. The subtle “punishments” that are used by the group to scold members who behave inconsistently with the norms are also identified and addressed.

The climate or feel of a group is called the group environment. Is the atmosphere one of all business, all play, or a healthy mixture? Is it safe for team members to take risks and to speak freely? What is the price of admission to really belong to the team? All of these and other related issues are rarely dealt with in an open and direct manner, yet they are vital to the overall success of the team. Team Development provides methods for understanding and dealing with key environmental issues within the group.

Conflict Management

In any healthy team, members are going to have some disagreements. How those differences of opinion are handled is critical to the team’s success. Members need to recognize the value of opposition and the productivity it provides to the team. Left unchecked, conflict can take on a life of its own and will polarize the group. Class participants learn how to separate issues so they can be dealt with one at a time. Opposing parties learn how to understand both sides of an issue and work rationally and unemotionally toward a mutual resolution to the problem at hand.

Consensus Building

Many times a team member will resist working in a team, or continually disrupt the group. Methods for handling these behaviors are included in Team Development as well. Rather than working in a majority rule environment, effective teams learn to gain consensus for each decision. Consensus means 100% commitment to the solution by 100% of the group, even though there might not be perfect agreement. Everyone must live with and support the decision.

Meeting Dynamics

Groups usually work together in meeting settings. The ability to effectively run, manage, and participate in meetings is essential to the effectiveness of the team. If meetings are perceived as a waste of time or too drawn out, team members begin to disassociate themselves from the group by not participating in meetings or avoiding them all together. Key elements of effective meetings are learned and honed.

Who Should Attend

Team Development is designed for anyone who interacts with others in their work environment. From entry level professionals to upper management, the skills learned in Team Development are essential tools for today’s business environment.

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