Team building

Team building can strengthen your team’s cohesion, communication skills and motivation. Consulting can help you to understand current processes of working together and create optimal processes that utilise team support and strengths.

Thought for the Week

“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.” —Herbert Bayard Swope

What is team building? 

Team building involves bringing together a group of people who share a common goal and assisting them to use each other’s strengths to create a cohesive group that supports each other.

Why consulting for team building?

Team building

Team building motivates and inspires

A consultant can help a team to explore their current processes of working together, to identify the barriers to effective working relationships and create optimal processes. A consultant can help a team to strengthen their communication skills, build motivation and work with each other’s strengths.

Elements of teamwork

  • Climate
  • Involvement
  • Leadership
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Communication
  • Conflict
  • Energy level

Reflect on a recent team project and use this scaffold as a guide:

  • Team climate: was it supportive and co-operative during this project? Did people feel free to offer their ideas? If not, how could it have been improved?
  • Involvement: was everyone involved in this project in a meaningful way? Did the team make the best use of each person’s unique abilities? If not, how can their involvement be ensured on the next project?
  • Leadership: did it shift amongst the team members, according to whoever had the expertise for that particular task? Were there any leadership actions within the team that helped team members to complete the task?
  • Problem solving: what problem solving strategies did the team engage in? How effective were they?
  • Decision-making: Did everyone give their input and listen to the ideas and reactions of others? When a decision was reached, were all team members able to support it, even though they might have wanted to do things differently if the decision were theirs alone?
  • Communication: Were lines of communication kept open through active listening, responding constructively and giving feedback in a positive way?
  • Conflict: Was conflict confronted and worked through, rather than stifled or buried? Did healthy conflict spur the team on to more creative thinking and solutions?
  • Energy level: Monitor your own energy levels and reflect on when you feel the most energetic during a day and stage of the project, what was the situation and what was the impact on your productivity? Do the same for when you felt the least energetic. What connections exist?

Your consultant

Linda Magson has been a trainer and consultant for over 20 years and has led numerous workshops and presented at several conferences in Australia and overseas. She uses her background as a teacher, lecturer, coach and counsellor to create an engaging and interesting environment to allow you to really connect with your team and improve the process of working together.

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