Helping people to think differently

Team Development

Teams sit at the heart of everything that organisations do. They can be the source of your success or, when they are not working well, the source of your failures. We can work with you and your team to help you move into more effective ways of working.

Example 1

We worked with a small charity with an entire staff of eight. They worked extremely well together, managed differences well, and were productive and creative. They felt they could work even more effectively so we were invited to facilitate a team building day with them.

We chose to work with personality types and preferences. As a charity, cost was a real issue so we didn’t use the usual, formal questionnaire process. We helped them to select the different traits they could see in themselves and each other.

Based on this, we used a range of practical and playful team building activities as a way of looking at how they each approached their different tasks. This helped them to appreciate their own and other people’s particular strengths, preferences and differences. The outcome was a final session in which people were able to state what they now knew they needed from each other in order to be able to work even more effectively together.

Sometimes teams simply need ways of understanding each other better.

Example 2

We worked with the team that ran a national sports development agency. The team was relatively new when we were asked to help and had not yet worked together long enough for the team members to know the strengths and weaknesses of their colleagues.

Our work involved a number of days together as a whole team over a few months. We worked with the team on their personality preferences, their ways of working and the things that they could do to help one another more effectively. We also worked on the things that they could say, could not say and would like to say to one another.

Over the time we worked with them the team members became more skilled at working together and more aware of their roles as part of the team. They developed ways of working that accommodated a range of needs. Each team member also improved their own emotional intelligence.