Across the landscape of industry it is rare to find an organization that does not rely heavily on team based processes and performance. From cross functional project teams, to international client teams, to high performance surgical teams, the importance of teams cannot be overstated. Years of research have demonstrated that the synergistic outcomes of high performance teams can exceed the sum total of individual efforts. However, in order to achieve this synergy team processes must be in place to leverage the talents and abilities of every team member. At QDG we have expertise and experience in developing teams to reach peak potential quickly. Through our X-Team Process we provide on the ground coaches who will facilitate team development in an intensive one or two day training that centers around three key elements...
Research on project teams has demonstrated repeatedly that one of the primary keys to team performance is effective use of time between project initiation and the first project team meeting. Teams often waste weeks and even months determining what roles each member will play and what skill sets each member possesses. Meanwhile project efficiency lags and suboptimal performance is common. During the Xplore portion of the training, the team's coach will use results from validated assessments to help the team discover and articulate the strengths of each member and develop a plan for leveraging those in specific team roles and responsibilities.
Once the stage is set with team members developing an understanding of their individual strengths and team roles, the coach will engage the team in a series of high fidelity team building activities designed to allow members to develop a shared understanding of the norms and processes that will govern the team going forward. Under the direction of their assigned coach, teams will have the opportunity to vet the merits of various approaches in search of the processes that will best serve them in the upcoming project. The result is a team that implicitly "knows" how each member will respond to various situations and is up and running at peak efficiency on day one.
Cohesion is a strong predictor of performance across teams, and results from increased interpersonal trust and confidence. The exploration of member roles and skills and team development that occurs through intense team building activities, will foster more rapid cohesion. Additionally candid feedback from the coach following performance across several high fidelity teamwork situations will allow members to feel more confident in their team processes and trust one another sooner.
If you have questions about The X-Team Process, or would like more information send us an email or call for a free consultation. We will sit down with you and help you determine if such program is right for your team, department, or organization, and if so, customize the process to meet your specific needs.