Teams come in all shapes and sizes. Some are project teams, while others are a task force. There are cross-functional teams and even virtual teams. Your company may have continuous improvement or quality improvement teams. Sometimes teams are whole departments with a common functional responsibility, like Marketing or Human Resources. Whatever the team, what they all have in common is the need for all team members to work together effectively to achieve optimum performance.
Teams often bring individuals with varying work, communication, professional and personal styles together and expect them to immediately begin to work harmoniously toward common goals, often with minimal leadership. This requires individual team members to think independently, but function smoothly as a unified group. But, individual team members bring their own unique skills, experiences, perspectives, biases, styles and politics to the team often creating an environment of mistrust and conflict that jeopardizes the desired outcomes.
Guided by the Leathers Milligan Team Building Model, our professionals can improve the effectiveness of teams by helping them define goals and roles as well as addressing the challenges of smooth working interpersonal relationships and improve the effectiveness and efficiencies of processes and procedures. The perspectives gained during these team building programs help team members learn the differences in the way people work, process information, make decisions, communicate and react to internal and external variables and pressures. With those insights, they can adjust their actions accordingly for better results. Whether your challenge is a newly formed team or a team that is struggling, Leathers Milligan can help.
Team Building Model
|Goals||Goal Clarity (Direction)||Strategy/Plans||Objectives & Priorities|
|Roles||Clear Responsibilities||Structure & Interdependence||Individual Strengths & Competencies|
|Interpersonal Relationships||Communication & Work Style||Trust, Openness, Support||Leadership Behaviors|
|Process & Procedures||Team Norms (How We Behave)||How the Work Gets Done||Problem Solving & Decision Making|