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Name: The Power of Many - What Makes Great Teams Succeed
Category: Business Soft Skills
Length (Days): 1
Course Price (CAD): 395
Description:
The Power of Many – How Great Teams Succeed

“None of us is as smart as all of us”
- Satchel Paige

From orcas, to wolves, to ants, the power of many always trumps the power of one. As in nature, so in business – while many of us are driven by notions of individual credit, and self-preservation, the ones at the top of the food chain are usually those that have learned the laws of working together. “What benefits my group will benefit me.” But there is a big difference between people who work near eachother, and people who function at a high level to pull together efficiently. Understanding more about teams, and about the ways in which you uniquely contribute to the benefit of the whole, can be the first steps in taking the success of your team to a much higher level.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will understand:
- The different kinds of teams
- How to develop team norms
- The Gradients of Agreement
- How to identify their team player style
- Ways to become a better team player
- Ways to build team trust
- Two models of team development
Prerequisites:
No prerequisites required.

Please note that, due to the nature of the program, this class is subject to minimum numbers for operation. Please contact us directly at 403-265-1150 if you have any questions.
Outline:
Introduction and Course Overview
Students will spend the first part of the day getting to know participants and discussing what will take place during the workshop. Students will also have an opportunity to identify their personal learning objectives.

Defining Teams
To get started, students will help define what a team is and what different kinds of teams there are. Simple exercises will help demonstrate synergy.

Establishing Team Norms
This session will look at some of the benefits and pitfalls of teams. We will also discuss establishing team norms: ground rules that a team can use to help them work together.

Working as a Team
During this session, students will look at a tool called the Gradients of Agreement. We will also discuss how it can help them interact with their teammates.

Glenn Parker Team Survey
During this session, participants will complete a survey constructed by Glenn Parker, a noted business consultant who has done a great deal of research on teams. This survey will help participants identify their team player style. Participants will then work in small groups to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of their style.

Building Team Trust
Trust is one of those mainstay virtues. It is the bond that allows any kind of significant relationship to exist between people. In small groups, participants will discuss some basic ways to establish and build trust on their team.

The Stages of Team Development
Every group of people, whether they are a team or just a group working together, grows and evolves. We will spend this session looking at Tuckman and Jensen’s four stages of team development: forming, storming, norming, and performing.

Towers
Another way of looking at team development is the TORI model. Participants will experience this model through a fun exercise.

Communication
If a team is going to succeed, the members must be able to communicate well with each other. This session will cover some basic principles of communication.

Becoming a Good Team Player
There are some skills that participants can develop to become better team players. In this session, we will discuss some Really Useful Attitudes and some Really Useless Attitudes.

Workshop Wrap-Up
At the end of the day, students will have an opportunity to ask questions and fill out an action plan.
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