By Elisabeth Goodman, 12th February, 2016
The seminars and workshops that we have been delivering during January and February have been typical of our work in enhancing team effectiveness. So we thought we would share four aspects, and eight tools representing some of the most popular approaches.
- Building an understanding of the strengths within your team
- OPP’s MBTI ‘flip-a-type tips’, and Belbin’s Team Roles
- Fostering individual development
- The GROW model of coaching, and ‘clean questions’
- Enabling change
- Common factors for successful change, and creating navigators rather than victims of change
- Simple tools to enhance your effectiveness
- Lean Sigma’s 5S, and the Mind Gym’s ‘5Ds’
Building an understanding of the strengths within your team
We started the year with a team workshop using OPP‘s MBTI ‘flip-a-type tips’.
It’s an insightful tool for understanding the dynamics between people. Through it you can explore your respective strengths and how to work more effectively together and build stronger relationships within the team.
The Belbin Team Roles also continue to provide valuable insights on how to make good use of the diversity within a team and also the gaps that the team might want to address. We delivered two in-house courses where we used scenarios to bring this diversity to light.
Fostering individual development
The GROW model of coaching continues to be a favourite in our team workshops and management training courses. This simple tools enables managers to switch from a directive to a supportive approach, and to cultivate individuals’ ownership and initiative in solving their problems.
Active listening and open questions are key to a manager’s effectiveness as a coach. I’m exploring ‘clean questions‘ with my peers in my NLP learning group as an additional tool to support this. More on this in due course.
Managers and teams are subject to continuous change – whether they are leading it or dealing with its implications. I’ve spoken in two recent seminars in my capacity as committee member of the APM Enabling Change SIG and as a practitioner / trainer in managing change. Delegates at one of the seminars had a good discussion that have helped us to identify more common factors for managing successful change.
I also continue to be passionate about the things we can do to create navigators rather than victims of change.
Simple tools to enhance your effectiveness
We’ve delivered two Lean Sigma courses this month during which I introduced our new 5S video developed for us by John Stinson.
Like many Lean Sigma tools it gives you a structured approach to a relatively simple concept that can make a big impact on an individual’s or team’s work. Several of our delegates indicated that they would be applying it to their desk, in their labs or in their storage areas.
How to make better use of their time continues to be one of the challenges faced by the managers attending our courses. The Mind Gym’s mantra that “there will never be enough time” to do all the things we want to do, but the main thing is to be happy about how we are using it, continues to strike a chord. The “5 D”s combined with Stephen R. Covey’s urgent/important matrix are simple tools that are popular with our delegates.
Our portfolio of courses can be adapted and expanded to match your own portfolio of requirements so that your managers and teams get just the training and development that they need. For instance we have recently carried out a training needs analysis for an SME and designed a one-day Management Training workshop for their managers. And we have created a couple of new half-day courses at the request of another organisation one of which “Effective Influencing and Communication” has now been added to our portfolio.
We can carry out a training needs analysis for your organisation and design the right content just for you. Or you could take a look at the full list of RiverRhee’s training courses and contact us with your choices.
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