How to build effective teams

Are you part of a team or a group?

Most people don’t make a distinction between the teams and groups, but the answer to this question can affect your ability to work with others and achieve your goals.

To some, a team is another term for a group of people working together. But not all people who work together are teams. What are the characteristics that create high-functioning teams: teams that have purpose, are cohesive, focussed on outcomes and achieve synergy in the results?

This course will cover all those fundamentals so that you can get the best from the teams you lead and the teams you’re a part of.

You will learn the key differences between teams and groups, gain a better understanding of how teams are formed, nurtured and function. You’ll learn skills to inspire and motivate your team.

And you’ll have the opportunity to practice and apply those skills in a number of team-building activities.

What you’ll learn

In this course, you’ll explore and find ways to turn groups into teams and turn teams into even better teams.
Through the coursework, you will learn about and practice team building, team management and the individual’s role within the team. You will learn effective methods of communication and problem solving within teams, and have the opportunity to practice these skills.
By the end of this course, you will:

  • Know the characteristics and strengths of teams versus groups
  • Have a better understanding of what teamwork is, the dynamics of teamwork, and how to nurture and promote teamwork
  • Understand the four stages of team: forming, storming, norming and performing
  • Be able to identify basic behavioural styles, how each contributes strength to a team and how to manage each style to get the best from the team
  • Have learned techniques for teambuilding
  • Have learned the characteristics of a good team member
  • Have practiced team development skills introduced in the training, including:
    Communication strategies
    Team motivation
    Problem solving
    Building on team strengths

Who should take this course?

Thinking life would be simpler if your team worked just a little bit better?  Then this is your course.

This course is for anyone who creates and leads work teams, as well as those who have to work within a team. This course is for those who are challenged by team dynamics, who want to maximize the potential to improve the effectiveness of the team.

Course outline

  • Teams and groups: what’s the difference?
  • Characteristics of a “team player”
  • Team dynamics and formation: forming, storming, norming, and performing
  • What’s your style? Recognizing communication and behavioural styles, and tools for getting the best from each
  • The power of communication in teamwork
    Active listening
    Body language – how to read it; how to respond to it
    Powerful questions that draw out the wisdom of the team
    Diffusing tension
  • Creating win-win situations
  • Practicing teamwork – activities and simulations