Course Description

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In this two-part series, we'll decode the dynamics of high-performing teams.

Part 1: The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts; Understanding Inclusive and Effective Teams

Building effective teams is a fundamental management competency. This session starts with an invitation to reflect on your experience and the characteristics of effective teams. You will learn to identify different types of teams, the assumptions we make, and the impact of those assumptions have on management and team members. The session will close with a comprehensive discussion of Google’s Project Aristotle, its origin story, and the impact its findings has had on the field of management.

Part 2: We’re Simply the Best; Decoding High Performing Teams

Effective teams and their leaders achieve common goals that positively impact organizational objectives. They accomplish coordinated and integrated tasks independently and as a team, while creating efficient processes and building inclusive relationships. Using the model offered by Google’s Aristotle project as a roadmap to assess, address, and create environments where effective teams can flourish, we will take a deep dive into the five characteristics of effective teams. Placing a special focus on psychological safety, particularly in an increasingly diverse workforce, we will explore the behaviors and team dynamics of each characteristic. We will also learn to recognize our role as leaders and create plans to develop these characteristics in our teams.

This course is presented by Organizational Development as part of our Management Skills Webinars series.