Team Effectiveness

 
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
-- Margaret Mead --
 

Creating New Models for a New World
Helping People Work More Effectively in Teams
Discovering the Right Roles for the Right People
Capitalizing on Individual Strengths for Total Team Performance
The EPIC Edge

 

Creating New Models for a New World

Progressive businesses in the 21st century are merging into networks of self-directed units, teams or work centers. Self-directed teams empower individuals as shared leadership exists. For the team to function well, team members must share what they know, have, and feel. Self-directed work teams also support the effectiveness of corporate leaders who have greater demands on their time than in the past.

For decades (even centuries) governmental, business, family, religious and educational institutions have been (and still are) organized on bureaucratic models. The people at the top collect as much power as possible and delegate it back down to a controlled system through the “organization” chart. This is the model many of us have been programmed to accept and respect.

This model is no longer effective in today’s world as is evidenced by the state of businesses still trying to hold to outdated hierarchies and paradigms. A bureaucratic, hierarchical organization is ill-equipped to change strategic direction easily and cannot respond to changing customer needs as rapidly. Research shows that a more agile, team-based organization where team networking, connecting, and relating are encouraged, supported, and rewarded is more profitable and successful in the long run. Trends in technology and globalization continue to reinforce this shift to a more relationally-based power. Enlightened leaders know that power in organizations is the capacity generated by relationships.

 

Helping People Work More Effectively in Teams

We can design training and coaching programs for you to replace bureaucracy, hierarchy, and control with intuition, creativity, innovation, uniqueness, shared values, shared leadership and flexibility to create needed change.
 
Successful team leaders apply situational decision-making. They know when a decision is to be made by team consensus; or by the team leader alone; or by team input but leader decision; or by one or two team members alone. While team members work together towards a common goal, individuals still must play their separate parts in the process. As organizations rely more and more on teams to innovate, find solutions, and produce at the speed of change, understanding and capitalizing on individual approaches to group processes is the bottom-line to creating high-performance teams.
 

Discovering the Right Roles for the Right People

The Team Dimensions Profile helps individuals work from their strengths by identifying their most natural team role. The five roles are Creator, Advancer, Refiner, Executor, and Flexer. The profile also maps the flow of assigning roles, completing tasks, and handing off tasks to other team members through the Z Process.
 

Capitalizing on Individual Strengths for Total Team Performance

Both the Enneagram and the Team Dimensons Profile are transformational tools to help individuals and teams in your organization:
  • Identify individual approaches to innovative teamwork
  • Match individual strengths with team roles
  • Reinforce and appreciate the contributions of others
  • Reduce team stress and conflict
  • Foster trust and build mutual support
  • Encourage team innovation and problem-solving
  • Increase productivity and reduce project-cycle time
 

THE EPIC EDGE

The Team Dimensions Profile available through EPIC, your online, desktop accessible electronic warehouse, has additional enhancements over the paper-based report. This version includes expanded feedback, applied information, and an enhanced model that is easy to interpret and apply.