If Knowledge really is power, then this program is aimed at giving your team both the knowledge and the power to work more effectively. This program uses powerful Experiential Learning methodologies in a way that is highly engaging, interactive and fun. No text books or homework here! Teams will get a hands-on learning experience of teamwork fundamentals such as leadership, communication, trust, conflict resolution, change management and many more. As with all of our programs the topics chosen are tailor made to best suit your needs and desired outcomes.
Each activity builds on the previous one, in terms of knowledge, skills and changing the status quo. At the end of the session team members will have a better understanding of themselves and their immediate team members, as well as a shared language around more positive aspects of team behaviour. They will also have listed the things that they do well, and how to maximise these and things they are not doing so well and how to change these so that the team functions more effectively. The idea of this is for each team to take away aspects that they can continue to refer to and worked on as they choose.
Team Fundamentals uses an integrative approach that combines three delivery modes:
· Experiential Learning Activities
· A facilitated post-activity discussion and debrief to maximise learning from each activity
· Knowledge and skill development.
A. Experiential Learning Activities
These are used to enable a fun, interactive and experiential approach to learning. Based on Action Learning Principles, the team building activities will provide an opportunity for the facilitators to observe individual and group behaviour and therefore get a sense of the leadership skills, culture and interpersonal dynamics present within the group. They also provide a learning experience for new behaviour and a method of applying new ways of relating, communicating, leading, strategising etc
B. Facilitated Debrief
We use facilitation in conjunction with, and in relation to, the experiential activities. We work on the premise that our behaviours are relatively consistent and stable, thus the way people behave and relate in a team building activity will be similar to how they behave and relate in the workplace. We use activities to gain an insight into team
dynamics and culture. Once these behaviours have been observed we can start to facilitate Cultural Divergences.
A Cultural Divergence occurs when the behaviors or culture demonstrated by team members and leaders are inconsistent with the desired or optimal culture. While part of the desired outcome is a shift in culture towards the optimal, it is also important that teams grapple with and discuss their cultural issues so that they are on the same page and the expectations are consistent.
Facilitation can also include: Vision, Value and Mission setting and gaining an understanding of how the team fits into the wider organisation and the role and contribution it plays in terms of the service it provides to the parent organisation.
Facilitation techniques will be used throughout the program to draw out underlying issues, discuss real behaviours, align expectations and gain real commitment and openness for each of the program objectives.
C. Knowledge and skill development
This is the learning of specific skills, models and theory that relate to the more effective leadership and the harmonious functioning of teams and individuals. This can include skills development in areas such a supportive leadership, communication, conflict management, strategy etc.
"Brian raved about the day, he was extremely happy with how everything went. Brian said at one stage even Errol was tearing up a bit - I heard that things got quite emotional at one point - it sounds like objectives were met all way round." MMT