Collaboration Through Team Building

Cindy Brewer, Consultant Organization & Career Development Thanks:
Denny McElhoe, Senior Training Specialist

A Module of Purdue University s LeadingEdge Program

Collaboration Through Team Building

Session Objectives: ‡ Identify and understand teams and how they function. ‡Demonstrate the skills necessary for the development of an effective team.


Collaboration Through Team Building Survival Run Video ‡ Exercise ± while watching the video write down the ³team´ behaviors and characteristics that you observe. 3 .

Collaboration Through Team Building The Most Effective Teams: ‡ Share information openly ‡ Participate in the team¶s task ‡ Encourage each other ‡ Use all of the team¶s resources 4 .

5 . Self‡ Decide whether each of the statements is true (T) or false (F) or if you are uncertain (?).Collaboration Through Team Building Activity: Complete the Self-Awareness Assessment. ‡ Place your check in the appropriate column to the right of each statement.

‡ Some members may observe as they attempt to determine what¶s expected of them. ‡ As members learn their roles they find ways to work together and learn about team issues. 6 . ‡ Others engage the team process immediately.Collaboration Through Team Building When groups are formed into teams: ‡ Roles and interactions are not established. ‡ These processes occur in 4 stages.

Forming Period in which members are often guarded in their interactions because they¶re not sure what to expect from other team members. During this stage. productivity is low. This is also the period in which members form opinions of their teammates.Collaboration Through Team Building Stage One . 7 .

Collaboration Through Team Building Forming ± Enhance Team Development by: ‡ Share responsibility ‡ Encourage open dialogue ‡ Provide structure ‡ Direct team issues ‡ Develop a climate of trust and respect. 8 .

This is the most critical stage for the team. There are various degrees of conflict dealing with issues of power. leadership and decisiondecision.making.Storming Characterized by competition and strained relationships among team members.Collaboration Through Team Building Stage two . 9 .

10 .Enhance Team Development by: ‡ Joint problem solving. Decision‡ Encourage two-way communication.Collaboration Through Team Building Storming . ‡ Decision-making procedures. ‡ Norms for different points of view. two‡ Support collaborative team efforts.

Functional relationships are developed resulting in the evolution of trust among members. In this phase.Collaboration Through Team Building Stage three -Norming Characterized by cohesiveness among members. 11 . members realize their commonalities and learn to appreciate their differences.

concerns.Enhance Team Development by: ‡ Communicate frequently and openly about concerns. decision‡ Delegate to team members as much as possible. ‡ Support consensus decision-making efforts. ‡ Encourage members to manage the team process. 12 .Collaboration Through Team Building Norming . feedback. possible. ‡ Give positive and constructive feedback.

Members interact with without fear of rejection.Collaboration Through Team Building Stage four -Performing The team now possesses the capability to define tasks. and manage team conflicts by themselves. problem13 . Different viewpoints and information is shared openly. Conflict is now viewed as a catalyst that generates creativity in the problem-solving process. work through relationships. Communication is open and supportive. Leadership is participative and shared.

self‡ Develop team members to their fullest potential. ‡ Support new ideas and ways for achieving outcomes. 14 .Collaboration Through Team Building Performing . ‡ Encourage ongoing self-assessment. ‡ Look for ways to increase the team¶s capacity.Enhance Team Development by: ‡ Offer feedback when requested.

Collaboration Through Team Building REMEMBER!!! Any change in the composition of the team or its leadership will return the team to the forming stage. 15 .

‡ Developing alternatives. ‡ Deciding and acting. 16 .Collaboration Through Team Building The most effective teams arrive at decisions through consensus by following a rational process that includes: ‡ Identifying the issue. ‡ Gathering and analyzing the facts. ‡ Evaluating the alternatives. ‡ Setting a specific objective.

17 . candid.Collaboration Through Team Building In addition to the problem solving process. Decisions are made and objectives are achieved not only by effectively following the problem solving process. teams must also engage in interpersonal interaction. honest. but also to the extent that team members share information in an open. and trustful manner.

problem solving and team building exercise.Collaboration Through Team Building Activity: ³Hurricane Disaster´ . 18 .

‡ Gathering and analyzing the facts.Collaboration Through Team Building Problem Solving Process ‡ Identifying the issue. ‡ Developing alternatives. ‡ Setting a specific objective. 19 . ‡ Deciding and acting. ‡ Evaluating the alternatives.

Five essential strategies: 1. 3. Instruct all public safety units to aid in an orderly evacuation and in assisting those who cannot be evacuated to be transported to the designated emergency shelters. Order that all designated emergency shelters be opened and manned. 2.Collaboration Through Team Building ³Hurricane Disaster´ Activity . 20 . Issue an evacuation order and ensure it is communicated throughout the entire community using all available resources.

21 .Collaboration Through Team Building ³Hurricane Disaster Activity´ .Five essential strategies: 4. 5. Plan for the return of the evacuees after the hurricane danger is over: including shelter and relocation. Arrange for controlled access to evacuated areas and prepare to prevent looting. and recovery operations. damage assessment.

‡ Experienced the team building and problem solving processes. ‡ Team problem solving process. 22 . ‡ 4 Stages of team development and ways to enhance team development.Collaboration Through Team Building In Review: ‡ Differences between groups and teams.

Consultant Organization & Career Development A Module of Purdue University s LeadingEdge Program .Collaboration Through Team Building Cindy Brewer.

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