When companies win key contracts there is a critical need to align team members and stake holders around the team's mission, values, and strategy. Just as crucial is creating open lines of communication, building trust between members and establishing working strategies that will continue throughout the life of the program.
The CWT Team Development program is designed specifically to each team as a critical experince that establishes team groundrules, creates lasting relationships, and provides a boost in moral that projects need in order to produce a future that is not inevitable.
Building trust, enhancing interpersonal competence and communication, giving and receiving support during the various stages of the project is key as team dynamics are openly acknowledged and presented to the team.
- Create an environment of collaborative partnership among suppliers, multiple customers, sub- contractors and team members
- Strengthen commitment to purpose and direction
- Bond diverse team members
- Clarify roles and lines of responsibility
- Assess the important issues teams face
- Provide forums for honest, productive and lasting communication
- Practice styles of leadership, problem solving and decision-making real time by creating models of working situations
Effective and productive teams who demonstrate commitment and cooperation in performance have learned to operate at this level by participating in experiences which define and support a unified vision, develop trust and clarify roles and responsibilities.
Within a framework of experientially-based individual and group interactions, team members participate in "learning-by-doing" activities that connect and enrich their problem-solving and decision-making capabilities resulting in the maximum in productivity.
"Leadership is that which creates the possibility for effective action."
Michael Thiel - Northrop Grumman Corp.
Leaders often have a multitude of ideas accompanied by an enthusiasm for change. Established teams often have numerous behavior patterns that reflect past leadership. There are expectations of both leaders and teams that reflect changing roles and responsibilities.
We designed the Leadership Program to specifically address and align these issues. It has proven to be a quick, cost efficient and effective way to pass through what can be a challenging and lengthy process. It accomplishes this by producing trust, understanding and rapport as a basis for team relationships. It gives team members practical tools for sustaining positive relationships and resolving issues that may surface down the road.
It provides leaders and team members opportunities to explore the dynamics of cooperation, introduce agendas, and surface concerns early on in order to clear the path for effective action. It gives team members a safe and structured environment in which to build positive connections for successful communications and to experience the different perspectives represented on the team.
- Integrate goals between leaders and teams
- Communicate directions and strategies
- Create understanding and open lines of communication
- Facilitate the development of relationships
- Build a powerful bond among all team members
The Leader Program is usually presented in a 2 1/2 day format delivered offsite. The program is delivered in-house or in retreat settings. A three step process may include:
- Step 1 - The Dialogue Process - Who's on my team?
The team learns how to develop and maintain a positive dialogue process that explores the questions leaders and teams have of each other regarding resources, role changes and future action plans. Team members learn how to practice appreciative inquiry as a basis for effective conversation in this step.
- Step 2 - The Adventure-Based Learning Activity - How are we going to get it done?
This provides the new team with a series of problem-solving initiatives and challenge course activities. Learning objectives during this step include:
Enhancing responsive decision-making
Giving and receiving constructive feedback
Practicing effective communication (appreciative inquiry)
Validating the practical application of team spirit in creating results
Developing and practicing resolution strategies
- Step 3 - Strategies for effective Action - What are we going to do?
This step takes the team learning into the company by applying the discoveries, solutions and new understandings into demonstrable action steps in the workplace.