4. Creating High Performing Teams

To build alignment and an effective working environment

Creating High Performing Teams

These sessions are recommended to start any other facilitated session. To set a clear understanding of the team dynamics at play during all other facilitated sessions, working towards establishing clear & effective communication processes.

Heterogeneous teams (those with mixed behavioural, thinking and learning styles), can reach far more creative and superior solutions to problem solving than homogeneous teams – but only if they are facilitated effectively. The most effective individuals and teams are those who understand themselves, recognize the demands of a situation, and adapt strategies to meet those needs. These facilitated sessions are designed to reveal typical individual behaviour patterns and styles and to show how they can impact all areas of an individual’s professional and personal lives. Through this session individuals will have the opportunity to learn how to manage their own behaviours more effectively in a number of different areas, including better communication, decision making, leadership, and team relationships. They will also foster increased understanding of others' behaviours, and demonstrate how teams can work together more effectively and maximize their potential.

Team Mapping
This facilitated session looks at a real workplace issue and maps the communication patterns in the team/organization, and looks for ways to improve communication channels to ensure greater efficiency, clarity and quality of communication.

  • Identifying the key roles. Drawing ‘current & desired state’ of communication paths
  • Listing the gaps between the ‘current’ and ‘desired’ state and how to improve them

 

The sociograph created is designed to deal with issues including:

  1. Who are the key people in the communication process?
  2. What are the areas of strength? Why are these strengths?
  3. Where are the areas of weakness? Why are these weaknesses?
  4. What cracks are there – outside pressures that can exacerbate the communication challenges? What can you do to strengthen these?
  5. Who needs to be RESPONSIBLE, ACCOUNTABLE, CONSULTED, INFORMED?

 

 

The Reality of Virtual teams

Facilitation to assist with developing communication in virtual teams, which focusses on the 3 biggest challenges
A) ALIGNMENT ISSUES,  B) COMMUNICATION ISSUES, C) RELATIONSHIP ISSUES. It includes implementing virtual team working procedures to ensure that there is a framework for specific working procedures.

 

Mapping the past, present and future
Drawing maps to illustrate where the team and or organization has been, is now and will be going. This process allows the team to identify what will happen if nothing is done and provide motivation for positive change and intervention.  It encourages teams to develop strategies to create a constructive environment.

  • Where have you been? How clear is this to all? Where are you now? How accurate can you make this?
  • Where are you going? Where will you end up if you continue down the path you are currently taking? Where will you end up if you can intervene to improve it?
  • What practical steps can you take to ensure you can journey down a future path that will be productive?
  • How can you make sure every team member is using the same map and/or if they vary, a strategy to ensure alignment?
  • What is the cost of NO CHANGE or no INTERVENTION?