Team Conversation That Matters

When members of a team have truly productive conversations, they engage the other people and enroll them in a common objective to move forward.

Team Conversation That Matters provides the opportunity to explore different perspectives and to develop new ideas. Each team member's experience and thinking style contributes a valuable piece to the whole. Using Myers-Briggs Personality Type, we help you understand the distinct strengths of individuals and the team as a whole.

Effective Team Conversations include clear requests and authentic agreements where all parties have explored, understood and committed to the request. By learning how to uncover hidden issues and listen for underlying concerns in a team, you can handle problems before they derail a project.

We can provide an ongoing Team Conversations program to develop the productive communication capacity of a work team or facilitate a focused Team Conversations session to address a specific opportunity or challenge.

Sample Scenario: New Project Team

A new team has been assembled to establish policies that are vital for next year's success. One person has been assigned to lead the project, but no one on the team reports to the team leader. Establishing this team as a true collaboration with a shared commitment to the goal will ensure they quickly gain productivity and deliver a valuable outcome.

A facilitated team kickoff session can clarify objectives and roles, so the team can be productive quickly. Interactive training to understand the developmental stages any team experiences as it "forms, storms, norms, and performs" allows this new team to anticipate and address difficulties. Ongoing teamwork training in Conversation that Matters provides the strong foundation for successful collaboration.

Sample Scenario: Executive Leadership Team with Conflict

The executive leadership team is working at cross purposes as individuals pursue their own agendas and build personal empires. People's personalities are clashing, and people have stopped listening to each other. Factions are forming behind two strong proponents of differing strategies. To build the team, the opposing parties need to listen with genuine curiosity and be open to change.

Addressing the underlying issues and appreciating the real value of different perspectives will allow this team to lead the organization to realize the organization's goals. We can facilitate the crucial conversations neccesary to regain productive collaboration.