July 2008 —

Greensboro, N.C. – High-performing teams are a key to competitive advantage – and a new program from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) prepares executives and managers to build and lead them.

“Finding a decisive way to outpace the competition is the Holy Grail for today’s businesses,” said CCL senior faculty member Kate Beatty, who manages the program. “Well-led teams can make all the difference in how a company performs, but they also represent a tough challenge. That’s especially true when team members are juggling competing priorities or are scattered in cities across the nation or around the globe.”

CCL’s new four-day Leading Teams for Impact course is designed to help leaders tackle such challenges and promote effective collaboration among a variety of workgroups and teams, including those that are cross-functional or geographically dispersed.

Leading Teams for Impact helps participants tackle real-world issues they face on the job. The program actually begins well before students arrive at CCL’s campus. Weeks in advance, they are asked to identify a team they belong to or lead, conduct interviews and identify specific team challenges they’d like to address. Course participants also meet virtually as a practice team before their classroom work begins and collaborate on pre-course assignments.

“When students finally meet face-to-face in the classroom, they’re able to mine the lessons they’ve learned during their pre-course experience,” Beatty said. “They practice new team leadership concepts and work with CCL coaches and faculty to break through the barriers they face with their workplace team back at home.”

Leading Teams for Impact is grounded in a research-based framework for team effectiveness. It helps leaders decide what actions they should take to produce optimal results and to help their team become more efficient and effective over time.

Upcoming sessions of the new course are scheduled for September 30-October 3, December 9-12 and March 31-April 3 at the Center’s facility in Colorado Springs, Colo. For more information on Leading Teams for Impact or to register to attend, visit http://www.ccl.org/LTFI or call the Center at +1 336 545 2810.

About the Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development. By leveraging the power of leadership to drive results that matter most to clients, CCL transforms individual leaders, teams, organizations and society. Our array of cutting-edge solutions is steeped in extensive research and experience gained from working with hundreds of thousands of leaders at all levels. Ranked among the world's Top 5 providers of executive education by Financial Times and in the Top 10 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CCL has offices in Greensboro, NC; Colorado Springs, CO; San Diego, CA; Brussels, Belgium; Moscow, Russia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Singapore; New Delhi-NCR, India; and Shanghai, China.

Stephen Martin
Center for Creative Leadership
+1 336 286 4038
martins@ccl.org

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