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Team Development

Team and Group Development elevates individuals within a team as well as the team itself.

This program provides an interactive, co-active and collaborative approach to developing a more fully functioning, rewarding, and effective team. In this model, the team creates a common thread through establishing strong working relationships that lead to clearly defined goals.  Team dynamics are addressed and experiential exercises are conducted to build awareness of each team member’s strengths and work style preferences as well as how the team operates as a whole.

This approach focuses on Organizational and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) which is derived from Systems Theory as well as other schools of thought.  It is a brilliant methodology and collaborative approach that can transform organizations.

Why Should Teams and Organizations Invest in Relationship Systems Training?

There is considerable research that identifies a positive work environment as a prerequisite for sustained productivity and employee retention (Buckingham 2001, Goleman 2002).  Coaching increases positivity through working from possibilities and practical application. Relationship Systems Coaching powerfully leverages the creative and problem solving capacity of a team or organization as a whole. Some of the benefits of relationship systems coaching for teams and organizations include:

  • Sustainable improvements to relationships and communication on a system-wide basis.
  • The development of a powerful sense of team spirit, which enhances organizational climate, productivity and retention.
  • Improved inter-departmental cooperation through the reduction of “silos”.
  • The development of constructive conflict skills, leading to more rapid resolution and productive outcomes.
  • Increased positivity within the work environment, which supports sustainable productivity.
  • The capacity to increase the creative potential of the organization or team.

“Teams rely on intense, collaborative work to accomplish a specific goal or task that could not be accomplished as well by an individual or a work group.  An effective team increases the productivity, satisfaction, and growth of each of its team members, the team itself, and the rest of the organization.”

Source: John Katzenbach and Douglas Smith, The Wisdom of Teams

Traditional View vs. Systems View

  • Most team coaching views the team as a collection of individuals. The focus is on the individual in relationship to the team.
  • In this approach, the coach increases the performance of the team by improving the performance of the individual.

This is about creating positive change, be it for your organization, your clients or a community cause.  Now is the time for the next step. These cutting edge skills and practice are necessary to work with relationships in a way that they will flourish.  In this way,  there is a shift  from engagement with individuals to engaging the system and negotiate conflict from the perspective of “what is trying to happen?” rather than “who did what to whom?”.

“No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind.”  Source: Napoleon Hill, “Think and Grow Rich”


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