Team Building

Globalization, increased social diversity, the information and knowledge explosion, and technological advances are revolutionizing organizations around the world.  Additionally, we can no longer rely on the traditional hierarchical structures and a few key people to maintain a competitive advantage.  Only by using the collective knowledge and richness of diverse perspectives will we guide our organizations into the next century.

Organizations are faced with the challenge of building teams in a rapidly changing environment.  In today’s work environment, teams are essential for accomplishing tasks and achieving results. In fact, there are more teams in today’s organization then ever before including, virtual teams, autonomous teams, cross-functional teams, and action-learning teams.  However, by building and maintaining high performance teams, organizations can become more effective, thus achieving their goals and improving their bottom line results.

The Process

team_bldgThe Team Building process is designed to build teamwork without wasting time.  It works because it provides on-going feedback and reinforcement.

Critical Issues Addressed in the Process:

  • Review the Team's Current Stage of Development
  • Identify Team Strengths and Development Needs
  • Create an Action Plan for Continued Development
  • On-going Debriefing Sessions to Ensure Success

Three Phased Approach:

There are three phases to the process. They include:

Phase I: Individual Assessment

Teams are built on the success or failures of individuals.  It is important that team members understand their own strengths and weaknesses.  Having this insight, helps team members understand how they behave in a team environment.  It also helps them to understand better how these behaviors can have an impact on the team as a whole.

Phase II: Team Building Development

In the second phase, teams begin with assessing their direction as a group.  They review strengths, as well as critical areas that need to be improved.  Teams work on the gaps that show where they are today and where they want to be tomorrow.  Additionally, individuals address their contributions to the success of the team.

Phase III: Team Reinforcement

After the initial development work, monthly team-building debriefing sessions are held.  These sessions are used to review new team skills, discuss experiences and create an action plan for continued team development is created.  “Before and after” studies have shown that if team members regularly follow-up with their colleagues they experience increased effectiveness in common team activities.  Additionally, individual members will see as increase in their own effectiveness as well.

Outcomes from this Program include:

  • Cohesive, Energized Teams
  • Improved Organizational Profits
  • Reduced Turnover
  • Clear Expectations of All Team Members
  • Improved Communication Inside and Outside the Organization
  • Increased Productivity

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Alden Management Consulting Group is a professional business analysis and business consulting firm.