We see team building as the conscious process of getting a newly formed group to a high level of performance as quickly as possible. Whether its an operational role or a customer facing team, each team in an organisation's value chain needs to be able to get up to speed quickly and then sustain performance.
This term is sometimes used interchangeably with Team Development which we see as the process of helping an existing team shift gears so it can deliver more output with the same base. Click here for our thoughts on Team Development
Why do teams need building?
Our experience and review of the research on successful teams shows that they have a set of characteristics which we have refined into our PLAYER Model.
Teams may acquire these characteristics over time; whilst they are doing this, usually through trial and error, they are underperforming in terms of their potential and ability to deliver results.
Some teams remain stuck in a pattern which limits their potential to thrive. They get stuck with patterns of behaviour and different levels of engagement. This impacts their ability to raise their game.
Emerging Teams typically have the following characteristics:
How do we help build teams?
Our approach is to help new teams accelerate to full productivity by:
How we do this will depend on our joint diagnosis of the team's situation, and will usually include a combination of some or all of the following activities.
A Strategic Focusing Workshop:
A "Fast Start" Experiential Workshop:
A Personal Strengths & Motivations Workshop: