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Working Better Together -- A Profile

 

 

 

What People Say

feedback about our programs

 

 

“Do this course – I’m sure it will be beneficial. Good presentation of content and group activities gave us the ability to discuss various individual’s experiences and ideas. Since the course I realise some issues of communication need addressing and ensure team members don’t feel left out in some situations. Basically makes sure everyone feels they are an important part of the work team.” Larry Hales, Queensland Health

 

“Has had very positive effect on our team - we are much more respectful and supportive of each other and keen” Kym Harland - Disability Services Qld

 

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   Our Team Development Approach…

Working Better Together is about building better teams.  Our approach to team development features a positive bias towards working on both the emotional and conversational level. Emotional intelligence (EI) creates a foundation of self-awareness and connectivity for teams while working on improving conversations has a positive team-building effect.

Working Better Together is not a singular workshop. We customise content to the needs of various teams and organisational contexts, drawing on a suite of different team-building modules we’ve developed over the years ranging from shared vision, to working with emotional intelligence, talking in teams, connecting, respecting, team culture, team cohesion, shared leadership, thinking together and more. To see what our core 10-module framework covers, download a copy of our Working Better Together Prospectus.

Working Better Together is complex. It can integrate many different team improvement concepts/strategies like collaboration, cohesiveness, team roles, dynamics, behaviours and culture. But we think it boils down to 5 really key foundations:

1. Team Visions and Values

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Defining the real purpose of this team – why we’re here and how we make a difference

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Identifying common challenges we can all get behind – this energises and focuses effort

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Shaping shared visions, values and operating principles – so we’re all on the same page

2. Designing the Team

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Deciding on a ‘best-fit’ team structure – a team design that supports our vision

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Developing new operating principles – that facilitate integrated, collective action

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Clarifying workroles and responsibilities – understanding contributions we each make

3. Team Decision-Making

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Sharing leadership and decisions – handling divisive issues like power and control

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Being clear on levels of authority and responsibility – empowering people to act

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Processes for handling problems – we all agree on how key decisions are made

4. Talking in Teams

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Learning how to talk together – have constructive dialogues rather than debate

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Increasing trust, respect and openness – about what's really going on in this team

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How we handle conflict and deal with difficult discussions – these arise in all teams

5. Emotional Intelligence

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How emotionally intelligent our team is – tuning into and using emotions positively

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Building better team relations – learning to get along well with each other

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Creating positive team cultures and emotional work climates – making it safe to belong

Through years of working with teams in various stages of formation and development, we identified a number of key development areas that we've used as the basis for a series of modules that are designed to be used as the basis for designing team learning programs -- either singly as stand-alone sessions, or combined in various ways depending on the particular needs of individual teams.

Whether you're thinking about a 1-day, 2-day or series of shorter sessions, Working Better Together can be structured and delivered in a format that best suits your particular team. See our Working Better Together 'Prospectus' for a full description of the modules, our Working Better Together approach and some tips and ideas for building better teams.

Typical team improvement ideas we are asked to help with include:

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Shaping shared visions and values – where most teambuilding needs to start!

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Forming and designing teams – getting the team architecture right

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Talking better together in teams – attending to conversations and communication

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Learning better together – tapping into opportunities to share learning and good ideas

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Increasing team cohesiveness – finding ways to stick together and then stay together

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Team relationships – respect, trust, openness, collaborative team behaviour

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Social and emotional intelligence – taking the emotional temperature of the team

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Clearing up leadership – for self-responsibility, empowerment and better co-ordination

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Clarifying roles – the expectations and assumptions we make about each other

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Establishing groundrules and operating principles for better interaction

 

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