Specialist Trainers in Behavioural Change

Team Building and Dynamics

team building
What are the programmes all about?

Team building is the process of building great teams.

Dr. Meredith Belbin describes a phenomenon he calls 'The Apollo Syndrome' - a situation where teams of highly capable individuals can, collectively, perform poorly. He reported some surpisingly poor results with teams comprised of people who had sharp, analytical minds and high mental ability - he called this the 'Apollo Syndrome'.

His criteria for selecting these teams has elements in common with criteria for selecting teams within our own organisations - using ability, experience and aptitude as the traits seemingly best suited to achieving success. Often, our initial perception of our own 'Apollo' teams is that they are bound to succeed - they're clever people, right? However, Belbin found his own results were quite the reverse, and the Apollo teams often finished near the bottom of eight teams.

Team failure is regularly due to certain flaws in the way teams are created and operated:
  • They spend excessive time in abortive or destructive debate, trying to persuade other team members to adopt their own view, and demonstrating a flair for spotting weaknesses in others' arguments. This led to the discussion equivalent of 'the deadly embrace' or team deadlock.
  • They have difficulties in their decision making, with little coherence in the decisions reached.
  • Team members tend to act along their own favourite lines without taking account of what fellow members were doing, and the team proved difficult to manage.
  • In some instances, teams recognise what is happening and over compensate - they avoid confrontation, which equally leads to problems in decision making.
On the ALP team building and dynamics programme, you will discover the difference between a group, and a team. We will help you characterise successful teams and deliver the learning required to allow you to develop groups into high performing teams within your own business.

The sessions are highly interactive with the course director working in a facilitation role….aiding and steering the learning. The content of the programmes is practical and based on real team issues which relate directly to the delegates and your business.

The delegates are motivated and encouraged by the fact that the skills, which have been discussed in the training environment, can be applied immediately into their live environment.

Who are the programmes designed for?

These programmes are aimed at Managers of teams or departments who need to work together better for the benefit of the company.

What elements are covered?

  • What constitutes 'the team approach'?
  • What are the traits of a successful team?
  • How to build an effective team
  • Keeping the team motivated
  • How to set goals and bring security to their accomplishment
  • Team briefings
    • How to lead them
    • Effective communication...the fundamental factors
  • What are the roles that different team members fulfil?
    • Why is it important we recognise them?
    • How can we utilise them to our advantage
      • Building an effective team to work on a specific project
  • Teams working under stress:
    • Excercise to show the importance of working together
      • 'Breaking down the walls'
  • The evolutionary process of a successful team:
    • Pracitcal exercise using Tuckman's model
  • How to unite the team..the 3 emotional/psychological steps
  • What fragments a team?
    • Looking at 10 indicators that can sabotage a team

How long do the programmes last?

Typically 1 to 2 days depending on the scope of your requirement.

What do the delegates have to do?

Prior to the programme delegates are asked to consider their personal objective(s) for attending the course.

In line with our 'staged methodology', at the end of each training day delegates are given assignments to prepare for the next session, including a report on the positive experiences and results for having put the learning into practice in their live environment.

If this sounds like the type of programme that can make a difference within your organisation, please contact us about our Team Building and Dynamics programmes.

Or call us on +44(0)1832 732560 and speak to one of the team.

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