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Team Building and Development: What is it?

When an individual is promoted they are expected to step into a team that has a history.  Whatever the history, good, bad or ugly, it is unavoidable.  If we have completed executive profiling and assessment on a number of candidates for the new team leader and have narrowed the choices, we will have insight into what to expect.  Maybe the team doesn’t agree with this promotion, a member feels it should have been them, a team member feels the new boss is an intruder, the team believes they are no given the respect they deserve.  All of this can lead to 3rd Party Critique.  Completing the team building and development exercises allows all members to have a say, voice their opinions, and, often, change their mind.  But, what is team building and development?

The term “team building” can mean any number of things.  If you search team building in on line engines the results are any number of types of team development, not the least of which is bonding exercises.  What we offer is at the opposite end of the spectrum, this is not another feel good initiative.  We offer two cornerstones; Courage and Respect.  These two principles are imperative for effective team work.  Without the courage to challenge, question, investigate, and develop teams are doomed to mediocrity.  Conversely, without respect for people, this courage becomes a single focus on financial benchmarks of success that alienate the people completing the work and often sabotage the process.  Our model for effective team building requires an equal balance of courage and respect.  The courage to reach for the best the team has to offer is countered by a respect for those people.  Respect allows individuals to develop the skills necessary to positively impact the organization, both financially and in employee satisfaction.

In team building and development, we ask the client to bring together the entire team.  The team completes a number of intellectual exercises that allows team members to consider the tools they believe to be most important in their organization.  Next, the team elaborates on the Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of these tools and develops a plan for continued growth.  The teams self monitor, self educate and they answer to each other.  This builds not only commitment to the decisions but also respect for one another.  As we mentioned above, respect and courage are a cornerstone of any relationship… be it work, education, personal or casual.  The levels of courage and respect define the productivity of the relationship.

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