Teamwork and Team Building

For most of us, teamwork is a part of everyday life. Whether it’s at home, in the community, or at work, we are often expected to be a functional part of a performing team.

This workshop will encourage you to explore the different aspects of a team, as well as ways that they can become a top-notch team performer.

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

– Describe the concept of a team, and its factors for success
– Explain the four phases of the Tuckman team development model and define their characteristics
– List the three types of teams
– Describe actions to take as a leader – and as a follower for each of the four phases (Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing)
– Discuss the uses, benefits and disadvantages of various team-building activities
– Describe several team-building activities that you can use, and in what settings
– Follow strategies for setting and leading team meetings
– Detail problem-solving strategies using the Six Thinking Hats model — and one consensus-building approach to solving team problems
– List actions to do — and those to avoid — when encouraging teamwork

Course Outline:

Module One: Getting Started
Icebreaker
Housekeeping Items
The Parking Lot
Workshop Objectives

Module Two: Defining Teams
What is a Team?
An Overview of Tuckman and Jensen’s Four-Phase Model

Module Three: Types of Teams
The Traditional Team
Self-Directed Teams
E-Teams

Module Four: The First Stage of Team Development – Forming
Hallmarks of This Stage
What To Do As A Leader
What To Do As A Follower

Module Five: The Second Stage of Team Development – Storming
The Hallmarks of This Stage
What To Do As A Leader
What To Do As A Follower

Module Six: The Third Stage of Team Development – Norming
The Hallmarks of This Stage
What To Do As A Leader
What To Do As A Follower

Module Seven: The Fourth Stage of Team Development – Performing
Hallmarks of this Stage
What To Do As A Leader
What To Do As A Follower

Module Eight: Team Building Activities
The Benefits and Disadvantages
Team-Building Activities That Won’t Make People Cringe
Choosing a Location for Team-Building

Module Nine: Making the Most of Team Meetings
Setting the Time and the Place
Trying the 50-Minute Meeting
Using Celebrations of All Sizes

Module Ten: Solving Problems as a Team
The Six Thinking Hats
Encouraging Brainstorming
Building Consensus

Module Eleven: Encouraging Teamwork
Some Things to Do
Some Things to Avoid
Some Things to Consider

Module Twelve: Wrapping Up
Words from the Wise
Review of Parking Lot
Lessons Learned
Completion of Action Plans and Evaluations

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