Good managers have always fostered teamwork. But highly effective leaders harness the power of teams for dramatically higher results. Teams that are effectively organized and led, have produced extraordinary improvements in productivity, customer service, quality, process management, innovation, cost effectiveness, job satisfaction, morale, and financial performance.
Teams can be an extremely effective way to harness the full energy, experience, and expertise dispersed throughout organizations. But calling a group of people a team doesn't make it one. Too many groups are usually just a collection of individuals who meet periodically. They’re too often poorly focused, weakly led project groups, committees, task forces, or councils. One study, for example, found that only 13 percent of teams received high ratings. Another extensive study of teams found that in more than half the teams studied, “team members give up.”
The "Leading High-Performance Teams" workshop helps participants understand the power and problems of teams, launch and sustain new teams or renew and refocus existing teams, develop vital team leadership and effectiveness skills, and use team assessment and measurement tools.
Let’s Get Practical
For almost thirty years, Jim Clemmer’s practical leadership approaches have been inspiring action and achieving results. His 2,000 plus presentations and workshops/retreats, seven best-selling books, columns, and newsletters are helping hundreds of thousands of people worldwide because they are inspiring, instructive, and refreshingly fun. And most of all…because they work!
Jim is constantly distilling his exhaustive research, extensive experience, and collection of best practices into easily understood, highly energizing, and practical applications. His workshops are so highly rated because they inspire action and provide concrete "how-to" steps that — when used as directed — dramatically boost results.
Each workshop is tailored to the audience and organizational circumstance. Following is an overview of the main sections that Jim can draw from in customizing a session for each Client.
Harnessing the Power of Teams
The Performance Balance
For a brief overview of the material covered in this section click here and here.
Timeless Leadership Principles for Team and Organization Success
This section builds on Jim’s best-selling book, The Leader’s Digest: Timeless Principles for Team and Organization Success and its accompanying Practical Application Planner. Leadership expert, Warren Bennis, enthuses, “If you’re looking for a book that illustrates the topic of leadership in a useful, readable and lively way, this is it.”
Depending upon the length and focus of the workshop, the process typically used starts with an overview of each of the following Leadership Principles. Participants then assess their team/organization. From here, small breakout discussion groups or the whole group (depending upon workshop size and objectives) review application exercises and brainstorm potential application ideas. The workshop usually finishes with participants setting practical action plans.
Focus and Context: Points of Origin
Responsibility for Choices: From Victim to Victor
Authenticity: Let’s Get Real
Passion and Commitment: All Fired Up
Spirit and Meaning: Matters of the Heart
Growing and Developing: All That We Can Be
Mobilizing and Energizing: Inspiring Peak Performance
For Management and/or Frontline Staff
This is generally an interactive and inspirational session that reinforces or provides participants with an “edutaining” overview of the keys to leadership, teamwork, and collaboration. A few assessment and application exercises may be selected on the basis of preworkshop discussions and customization.
For Management and/or Frontline Staff
Participants complete a greater number of the assessment and application exercises from The Leader’s Digest: Practical Application Planner. Participants assess their overall effectiveness across the seven "Timeless Leadership Principles". This helps determine which Principles they want to complete as a whole group or in small discussion groups (depending upon the key issues and number of people in the session). The amount of time and depth in each agenda area is determined by preworkshop discussions and customization.
For Management and/or Blending with Staff (see next option)
Participants typically complete all assessments and application exercises in The Leader’s Digest: Practical Application Planner and may start selected ones in Growing the Distance: Personal Implementation Guide or organizational Transformation Pathways (click here for an overview of this framework ../models/models_pathways.aspx). They get deep into the key leadership issues and/or organizational issues that need to be addressed and develop detailed action plans. Key priorities, next steps, and follow-through processes are established.
Progressive Blending for Staff and/or Various Management Levels
This starts as a half or one-day session for staff and management together with organization or team assessments, issues to be addressed, and implementation brainstorming. Everyone gets the same message, develops common language, and gets involved in the improvement process (which dramatically increases commitment to change). Jim then facilitates a senior management team priority and action planning session the afternoon of the second day to make decisions and begin implementation. Sometimes the progression is first a half-day with everyone, continuing with a day including all management, and a final half-day with just the senior management team.
Confidential Preworkshop Web-Based Assessments (Optional)
These assessments can be built around the questions in The Leader’s Digest: Practical Application Planner and/or Transformation Pathways. All or selected assessments (depends upon the half, one or two-day version) are completed confidentially and anonymously by each participant before the session begins. Scores are tabulated and a summary report is brought to the workshop for discussion, prioritization, and action.
This option provides:
To view the Transformation Pathways assessment click here.
What Participants Gain From This Powerful Workshop