Team effectiveness - PDB1013

Team effectiveness

Professional development tailored program

Many team workshops on the market primarily focus on "team building" where a team engages in some activity (abseiling, game playing, sport, etc.) that is not usually part of the team's regular work. The problem with these types of workshops is that while they are fun and help to create emotional connections or bonds between individuals, they don't easily translate into real behavioural change or increases in team effectiveness back in the work environment.

The Monash Business School's training and development philosophy in these Team Effectiveness programs, is to work with teams using activities more relevant to the real issues and challenges they face. Based on the decades of evidence-based research on teams and the factors that both enhance and inhibit their performance, these workshops are uniquely tailored according to each client's objectives. They use a combination of engaging activities, role plays, small and large group discussions, psychological instruments, content sessions and case-in-point learning.

At a glance

Throughout the year

On-site at your organisation

Team learning modules include:

  • Team basics
    • What are teams and when should we use them?
    • Advantages and disadvantage of different team structures
    • Drivers of team effectiveness
    • Creating a “third culture”
  • Building teams for success: A four-step framework
    • Team composition: Who are we?
      • New research: Team fault-lines
      • Developing interpersonal congruence
      • Harnessing individual styles: Team roles
    • Team goals: Where are we going?
      • Individual vs. team goals: A delicate balance
      • Creating a common purpose
      • Conditions for goal effectiveness
    • Team roles and procedures: Who will do what?
      • The importance of expectations
      • Creating a team charter
      • Team design drivers
    • Team process: How will we get there?
      • New insights: Team communication and feedback
      • Creating a feedback culture
      • Types of team conflict and their management
      • Neutralising coalitions and factions
      • Team decision-making and creativity
      • Tools and strategies for decreasing team decision biases
    • Teams: Issues and challenges
    • Managing multicultural and diverse teams
    • The challenge of remote and virtual teams

Professor Anne Lytle

Professor Lytle specialises in facilitating workshops to fast-track the development of new teams as well as to enhance the effectiveness of existing teams, whether they are dysfunctional or simply looking for that extra edge.

As in all of Anne’s training and development initiatives, she strives to deliver value to her clients beyond the fun and informative workshop, with the objective of creating visible behavioural change for each participant. There is no question that sustainable behavioural change in any competency area is not easy. It requires practice and repetition to reprogram the neuronal pathways in the brain.

In her teamwork programs, Professor Lytle  encourages participants to engage in the practice of “doing something differently” through the creation of concrete action plans that promote accountability.

In addition, she works with clients to diagnose the structures, systems and environments surrounding participants that will support or inhibit the desired changes. Follow-up is critical and Anne works with clients to create sustainable organisational or peer support structures to maximise the application of learning and knowledge long after the workshop is over.