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Building Teams

Building a Team

Creating a Whole from Diverse Parts

"No one of us is as smart as all of us."

Kenneth Blanchard

Format: 1 hour keynote-3 day training session

 The objective of team building is to improve the coordinative efforts of interdependent members of a work group in order to increase the organization's effectiveness and to enhance the work experience for the individual.  Work groups are formed in order to perform the functions of an organization, a corporation, a department or a small business.  They are made up of individuals who are dependent on each other for the accomplishment of their goals.  It is thus in the best interests of the organization to study the dynamics of group interaction and harness the collective energy of the team members. 

 Two heads are better than one if skillfully developed and supervised.  A group of talented, well selected, highly trained individuals have a collective mind that is better than the aggregate of its parts.  It is the responsibility of the leader to organize and blend the aptitudes, abilities, gifts and proficiencies of fractional genius and come to the undivided whole.  Individual motives and agendas must be placed lower in priority than the organizational goals established by the body.

Team members must be prepared for their participation in the cooperative effort.  There must be trust, open communications, honest discussion, frequent feedback and mutual respect. The leader needs to establish a nondefensive, nonthreatening atmosphere.  Members must feel free to voice their opinions and not place their opinions above those of others.   All team members need to understand that it is their obligation to share their thoughts and concerns and to take an active interest in the opinions of others.   

Objectivity and involvement are not necessarily automatic human responses in the work environment.  Part of an employee's orientation to team membership must be extensive development in communication, conflict resolution, compromise, problem solving, cooperation, group dynamics, brainstorming, rules of reinforcement and feedback and the development of trust. 

 Self-directed work teams are necessary for maximum utilization of organizational resources.  Nothing succeeds like success. Shared goals lead to shared responsibility that, in turn, creates an atmosphere of shared success. When an organization and its Legendary Leaders entrust the team with the power to manage itself, everyone wins! The organization will operate at peak efficiency, the leadership will benefit from the increased commitment and enhanced morale and the individual will feel the rewards of increased self esteem and can savor the satisfaction of seeing their ideas bear fruit. 

For the development of team leadership, this seminar can be blended with the one on Legendary Leadership.