Many team workshops on the market primarily focus on “team building” where a team engages in some activity (abseiling, game playing, sport, etc.) that is not usually part of the team’s regular work.

 

The problem with these types of workshops is that while they are fun and help to create emotional connections or bonds between individuals, they don’t easily translate into real behavioural change or increases in team effectiveness back in the work environment.

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People working as a team

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Teamwork

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Team building

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After more than 20 years studying and working with MBA and corporate teams, Dr. Lytle’s training and development philosophy is to work with teams using activities more relevant to the real issues and challenges they face. Based on the decades of evidence based research on teams and the factors that both enhance and inhibit their performance, Dr. Lytle’s team workshops are uniquely tailored according to each client’s objectives using combinations of engaging activities, role plays, small and large group discussions, psychological instruments, content sessions and case-in-point learning.

 

Team learning modules include:

  • Team basics

    • What are teams & when should we use them?

    • Advantages & disadvantage of different team structures

    • Drivers of team effectiveness

    • Creating a “third culture”

  • Building teams for success: A four-step framework

    • Team composition: Who are we?

      • New research: Team fault-lines

      • Developing interpersonal congruence

      • Harnessing individual styles: Team roles

    • Team goals: Where are we going?

      • Individual vs. team goals: A delicate balance

      • Creating a common purpose

      • Conditions for goal effectiveness

    • Team roles & procedures: Who will do what?

      • The importance of expectations

      • Creating a team charter

      • Team design drivers

    • Team process: How will we get there?

      • New insights: Team communication & feedback

      • Creating a feedback culture

      • Types of team conflict & their management

      • Neutralising coalitions & factions

      • Team decision-making & creativity

      • Tools & strategies for decreasing team decision biases

    • Teams: Issues & challenges

    • Managing multicultural & diverse teams

    • The challenge of remote and virtual teams

 

Dr. Lytle specialises in facilitating workshops to fast-track the development of new teams as well as to enhance the effectiveness of existing teams, whether they are dysfunctional or simply looking for that extra edge.

 

As in all of Dr. Lytle’s training and development initiatives, she strives to deliver value to her clients beyond the fun and informative workshop, with the objective of creating visible behavioural change for each participant. There is no question that sustainable behavioural change in any competency area is not easy, requiring practice and repetition to reprogram the neuronal pathways in the brain. In all of her workshops, Dr. Lytle attacks this problem head-on, encouraging participants to engage in the practice of “doing something differently” through the creation of concrete, specific and realistic action plans for which she promotes accountability. In addition, she works with clients to diagnose the structures, systems and environment surrounding participants that will support or inhibit the desired changes. Follow up is critical and Dr. Lytle works with clients to create sustainable organisational or peer support structures to maximise the application of learning and knowledge far after the workshop is over.

 

 

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