Is your project team a team? Is it really a work group? Does it matter?

Are teamwork and collaboration the same thing?

If we’re a team, do we need a coach?

Questions like these matter when it comes to developing the skills leaders and groups need to be productive. Defining the word “team” and addressing how people work together cuts down on confusion and helps organizations get the results they need.

Different kinds of work require different kinds of team member interaction. A project team trying to solve a complex problem and a multi-disciplinary team whose work is integrated will differ in many ways — but both will benefit from developing individual skills and the collective capacity to learn and work together.

Also, the more interdependent the group, the more complex the work, and the more diverse the group’s goals, the more attention must be paid to how the team functions.

Experienced managers needing to boost team performance will benefit from CCL’s Leading Teams for Impact program. Another open-enrollment program, Maximizing Your Leadership Potential, is for front-line and first-time managers — learning to lead teams and work through others is a major focus.

Coaching for Greater Effectiveness strengthens an additional skill for team leaders: coaching others on the team toward increased productivity and performance. CCL also offers customized team coaching programs and events.

Why Leading Teams for Impact?

Participants say:

“I better understand the unintended impact of my behaviors on my team.”

“It helped me to bring a lot of communication and trust issues out in the open and realize how to improve them.”

“I will provide my team with a better plan and tools to implement.”

“Common issues surface across industries and common solutions can be applied. The coaching was valuable in providing a path.”

And two program facilitators weigh in on what makes the program work:

“Learning by doing — constantly! Putting the tools into practice.” — Nancy Henjum

“The integration of classroom learning, the experiential activities and the real-time practice of effective team principles.” — Christine Montgomery

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