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Off-the-Shelf, Onsite, or Train-The-Trainer Workshop: RelationShifts A Transformational Experience for Teams

A Different Kind of Team Building Training

An intensive half-day or full-day training workshop that is significantly different from traditional team building and organization change training. And it's available as an off-the-shelf package you can purchase, an onsite workshop we can deliver at your organization, or your trainers can attend our 3-in-1 Certification to get trained and certified to deliver it to internal or external clients.

Purpose: Empowering People to Shift to Higher Levels of Relationships at Work. The experience enables participants to create a dramatic change in the way they relate to their work, their colleagues, and their customers. The result is a totally rejuvenated team working on a higher level of commitment and desire to achieve extraordinary results.

RelationsShifts enables participants to achieve a number of dramatic relationship shifts regarding the things that matter most.

Click For More On RelationShifts: A Tranforming Experience For Teams

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Discover and Boost the Work Culture of Your Team with the Cultural Compass

Building a strong work culture for your team, starts with understanding the various dimensions and dynamics of your existing team culture. The "Understanding" process involves answering the questions of: What are our strengths? What are our areas that need improvement? The Organizational Culture Compass enables you to find the answers to the critical questions about your team's culture, and provides you with ways for moving toward a stronger, more positive and productive team culture at work.

The Compass is a self-scoring paper and pencil reproducible tool that takes users through an exciting process of cultural discovery by answering, plotting, and analyzing 48 key questions about their organizational culture. The 48 questions cover four primary cultural orientations; People, Task, Values (and Ethics), and Synergy. The self-scoring results are then plotted on two dimensions; the People - Task dimension, and the Values - Synergy dimension.

The versatile Cultural Compass is then used to uncover and compare the cultures of various groups, teams, and departments, and how to overcome the Culture Gap that might separate them. A valuable by-product of using the Culture Compass is to strengthen team spirit, "We Are One Team" becomes more than a nice slogan. The Compass takes about 30 minutes to complete, but the discussion, comparisons and analysis of strengths and improvements can take as much as people need. A comprehensive Facilitator's Guide explains the Culture Discovery and Improvement process with detailed instructions.

Detailed Facilitator's Guide and the Culture Compass in Word format

For One-Site License: $149.00

Consultants and Organizations who will use the Compass for more than one site or one organization, must purchase the Multi-Site License for $169.00

Now Also Available Online:

Now you can have your team, or your entire organization, go online and post their answers to get a full understanding of their work culture. Now it's easier than ever to help your team see a picture of their culture and move to strengthen its dimensions.

Online profile for 10 users $230.00

Online Profile for 20 users $400.00

Contact us at service@humanext.com  


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Team Buliding Blocks: Practicing Group Collaboration $199.95

 

Renew your teams with this stimulating, hands-on training tool. Team Building Blocks gives your teams an easy-to-implement, effective, and enjoyable opportunity to practice and refine their problem solving and communication skills.

Your teams will be motivated and stimulated by solving problems, reaching consensus, and resolving differences while involved with these experiential puzzles. The game comes complete with 14 wooden blocks and a 148-page activity manual, which includes 18 detailed activities, facilitator notes, post-activity commentary, and solutions.

Exercises Cover:

  • Risk taking
  • Logic and spatial relations
  • Diversity
  • Trial and error learning
  • Coaching
  • Inter-team consultation
  • Information sharing
  • Time management

Complete game set / $199.95


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Card Games for Developing Teams - HR Executive 'Best New Product' Award Winner! $99.95

This versatile team development tool consists of a series of games for developing team effectiveness. The playing cards represent behavioral characteristics of effective teams and are designed to stimulate thinking and discussion.

The cards are divided into four sections of thirteen cards each. Each section covers an essential area of team development and is indicated on each card by an icon in the upper right-hand corner. The four areas of team development are: unity, communication, support, and performance.

Card Games for Developing Teams includes discussion games, card sorting and assessment games, acting and artistic games, as well as games involving the implementation of behaviors for team effectiveness. A learning objective is given for each game and activity along with a short summary and the approximate time needed. The simplest and most effective way to use the cards is for group discussion games and activities.

100 pp/ 3-ring binder with card deck and game board /$99.95


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The Complete Guide to Facilitation in Print and CD-ROM $125.00

Why has team facilitation become so important? Because the cost of ineffective groups and teamwork is becoming too high! The Complete Guide to Facilitation is a comprehensive resource that will help your team leaders and group facilitators prepare more effectively for meetings, improve their group's processes, and follow up to ensure more productive outcomes.

This 673 page fieldbook includes a wealth of practical information for inexperienced group leaders as well as new tools for seasoned facilitators- more than 100 reproducible forms, checklists, planning aids, and guides. Selected contents are reproduced in CD-ROM format so that you can customize tools to meet your specific needs.

Selected Contents: Suggestions for the less experienced facilitator... Suggestions for the more experienced facilitator... Understanding process consultation... Stakeholder analysis and group member selection... Developing a group charter... Group operating principles... Building the meeting agenda... Designing inclusion activities... Facilitation fundamentals... Encouraging participation... Group member task behavior evaluation... Handling Conflicts and Common Problems... Negotiating interpersonal conflicts... Role negotiation agreement...

More contents of this comprehensive resource include: Decision Modes... Consultative decision making... Modified consensus decision making... Evaluation and Group Closure... Planning Meetings and Tools... Developing mission statements... Values and vision workshop... Facilitating strategic planning... Critical success factor analysis... Gantt chart planning...

The Electronic Meeting... Facilitating effective teleconferences... Audioconference participant tips... Facilitating videoconferences... Technological Tools and Applications... Tips on facilitating groupware... Audience response system resources... Computer projectors and facilitation... Technology bibliography...

673 pages/ 3-ring binder with CD-ROM /Code: HRCGF/ $125.00


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50 Activities for Team Building. Fully Reproducible. 2 Volumes with 100 Activities

Create high performance teams with these collections of fully reproducible activities. All the activities employ the principle of "learning by doing" to ensure that the skills the participants learn can be applied to real work situations.

Volume 1 contains creative training activities which focus on the building blocks for teams such as communication, leadership, conflict resolution, and decision making. These activities are ideal for team leaders who are looking for creative activities to energize their teams. All of the activities are ready-to-use and are fully reproducible; with little effort you can implement them into an existing training program. Each volume comes with detailed trainer's notes, clearly stated objectives, and a quick reference index to the activities.

Training Objectives, Volume 1: Improve inter-team communication... Assess the effectiveness of a team... Establish team missions and goals...

Training Objectives, Volume 2: Encourage continuous team improvement... Develop a mutual support network... Create balanced team roles...

Vol. 1: 236 pp/ 3-ring binder/ Code...50TB1/ $149.95

Vol. 2: 248 pp/ 3-ring binder/ Code...50TB2/ $149.95


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A Reproducible Profile to Discover and Boost Team Creativity & Innovation

Do you want your team members to "Think out of the Box" for breakthrough team results? Do you want to measure the Innovation Gap between your team's capacity for innovation and the organization's tolerance for it? Looking for a tool to reveal to people their preferred mode of creativity and how they can enhance their innate ability to innovate? The Creativity & Innovation Profile (C&IP) is your tool.

C&IP is a paper & pencil (and also available online) self-administered, self-learning tool that helps a team member to uncover his or her preferred innovation style. In both numbers and visual graphs, the user will get a revealing picture of how they think creatively, apply creativity, and act on their creative ideas. Answering 42 questions and plotting the results on a "Systems- Ideas" horizontal axis and an "Action - Stability" vertical axis, the user produces a clear visual representation of their Innovation status. The user then is shown how to use this information to "think out of the BOX". The result is a powerful insight into one's own creative thinking capacity and an opening into a more innovative horizon.

The C&IP goes beyond revealing and boosting individual creativity. With 42 more questions about the user's team ( or department, or organization ) and a similar graphic representation by each user to be added together, a collective picture of the team's innovation profile immerges. Users are able to measure, in figures and numbers, the size of the possible Innovation Gap between their capacity for innovation and what the organization allows by its current culture. This discovery, which tends to startle and engage the intense interest of participants, leads to discussion and actions towards breaking the boxes that stifle innovation in the organization and within the team. The Facilitator's Guide includes added exercises, handouts, and resources to help facilitate the C&IP.

This powerful tool can be a part of a session on team innovation or team creative problem solving skills. It can also be done as a segment on team innovation as part of a department meeting, executive retreat, or other suitable settings. It is by nature a lot of fun to do, while providing solid information and intriguing insight into this vital aspect of individual and team innovation.

Detailed Facilitator's Guide and Reproducible C&IP- One User/ One Organization License $250.00

Consultants and Organizations that will use the C&IP for more than one site must purchase the Multi-site License for $289.00

Now Also Available Online:


Now you can have your team, or your entire organization, go online to answer the questions and discover the possible Innovation Gap between employees' capacity for innovation and what the organization's culture allows them.

For 1 User (1 online assessment) cost is $35.00

 

Contact us for questions at service@humanext.com

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Facilitators Tool Kit: Reproducible Tools for Generating Ideas and Making Decisions in Groups $125.00

Everything you need to effectively lead a team, plan group meetings, and foster team decision-making is now available in one handy toolkit. This collection of fully reproducible activities and techniques will benefit training specialists, supervisors, managers, team leaders and anyone else whose job success depends on the results produced by groups. It includes practical guidelines for managing every aspect of a group or team setting. If your organization is relying on team and group work to improve business processes, define needs, even reengineer the organization itself, this collection of activities and techniques will get you the results you need from your teams.

Contents include:

  • Creative Thinking with Groups
  • The Map-Specific directions for leading a group from idea to decision
  • Six Basic Group Needs-How to troubleshoot a group that's stuck
  • Managing Process-Tips on keeping your group focused and goal-oriented.

The Toolkit-Includes 49 fully reproducible tools and activities for developing ideas and solving problems with groups, including: Brainstorming / Force Field Analysis/ Manipulative Verbs / Map the Territory / Upward Delegation / Gantt Chart / Data Dump / Ideaweaving / Poll the Group / Jury of Peers / User's Guide for Selecting Tools.

The Facilitator's Toolkit/ 300 pp/ 3-ring binder/ Code: HRFT/ $125.00


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Faultless Facilitation Workshop - Train The Team Leader

Use this practice-oriented workshop to teach team leaders and group facilitators the key skills for leading productive team meetings. This workshop contains everything you need to teach others how to facilitate; it comes complete with background material for the trainer and participants, and handouts for evaluation.

The Instructor's Manual offers 27 in-class learning activities and optional training designs (1, 2, 3, or 5-day) to go with the best-selling Faultless Facilitation Resource Guide. The Instructor's Manual lays out exactly how to plan, run, and evaluate skill-based training for inexperienced facilitators.

The Resource Guide includes "how to's" on group leading and problem solving for new facilitators. It covers everything from agenda setting to selecting the right problem solving tools. Use it as a participant coursebook with the training program, as a self-study option, or for managers who need to understand more about the facilitator's role.

Fully Updated, Including: An all new chapter on process management... More problem solving tools... A new chapter on how to get started with a team and how to involve management in all phases... Creative ideas for handling conflicts and dealing with difficult people in teams... Improved material on preparing agendas...

Contents Include: Warm-up and agenda setting... Observing, listening, and questioning skills... Problem-solving methods... Dealing with problem people... Setting team guidelines... Creating a Vision... And much more!

Instructor's Manual /256 pp/ 3-ring binder/ Code:HRFF /$99.95


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Facilitation Skills Workshop Template in Word CD-ROM - Best Seller $149.00

This customizable one day workshop Template is designed for employees in the organization who are responsible for facilitating team activities, discussions or meetings. All the information and exercises can be easily applied to work-related situations. Facilitation Skills is designed to be facilitated in up to two-days, or if you prefer, in a series of short-term meetings.

Participants will learn to: Identify the key behaviors to be an effective facilitator; Focus on the structure of the session and not on the content; Create goals and expectations with internal client contracts; Develop the agenda, meeting structure and process in advance to maximize participation and results; Determine their level of empowerment prior to facilitating; Use their questioning and listening skills as a facilitator to keep the process moving in a positive direction; Close meetings with group commitment for future actions.

Skills covered include: Identifying Desirable Facilitating Behaviors; Managing Structure, Not Content; Developing "Client" Contracts; Understanding the Four Key Criteria to "Client" Contracts; Developing the Structure and Process for your Meeting; Clarifying the Facilitator's Level of Empowerment; Using the Four Key Skills to Effective Facilitation; Encouraging Participation Through Questions; Using Key Listening Skills and Avoiding Barriers; Identifying Blocks to Successful Performance.

Word 2000 Custom Version CD-ROM: Using the power of Microsoft Word 2000, you can modify, change, edit, delete, import, export, copy, paste, add color, logos, clip art, fonts, etc., to this program, just as you would any Word document! On this CD is an original template of the Participant’s Workbook and Facilitator's Guide. This program can be used in any IBM compatible computer with Windows 95/98/NT and Microsoft Word already loaded.

Team Facilitation Skills Workshop Template in Word and PowerPoints/ $149.00


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Fieldbook of Team Interventions: Step by Step Guide to High Performance Teams

With this well-organized fieldbook by authors C Harry Eggleton and Judy C Rice , implementing successful team interventions is a simple matter of following a set of detailed, readable steps. Within minutes you can identify an area for team enhancement and have an array of proven intervention options to choose from. Throughout the fieldbook you'll find examples, hints, and comments that make the interventions accessible, approachable, and, most importantly, effective.

These team interventions have been field-tested and reviewed by leading practitioners in the HRD field to ensure that they are understandable and clear. Each one is described in a practical, user-friendly format covering when to use it, its purpose and overview, time required to complete it, and a detailed guide which includes scripts, flowcharts, and reproducible masters. $59.95


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25 Instruments for Team Building - Fully Reproducible

This new collection of instruments provides team building practitioners with tools designed to assist in the development of individuals, teams, and organizations. The instruments range from very simple, self-scored tools, to more complex assessments that provide in-depth information on teams. All of the instruments are fully reproducible which makes them a very cost-effective alternative to in-house development or off-the-shelf instruments. Provides survey tools for three areas of team development

Effective team players-these instruments help team members, team leaders, and team coaches identify their strengths and weaknesses and use the survey data to build a self-improvement plan.... Effective teams-includes tools to increase the effectiveness of the way a team accomplishes its tasks. Covers team meetings, high performance, customer focus and other team issues.... Organizational effectiveness-These survey tools address the specific issue of team-based organizations. They measure the extent to which the organizations culture, structure, and systems support a teamwork strategy.

Instruments include; Team Player Competency Profile/ Team Leader Assessment/ Self-Directed Team Coach/ Being Accountable/ Team Member Listening Profile/ Team Sponsor Assessment/ Ten-Minute Team Member Check-up/ Cross-Functional Team Conflict Survey/ High Performance Profile: A Mature Team Assessment/ Customer Focus Survey: A Mature Team Assessment/ Customer Perceptions Survey: A Team Feedback Instrument/ Management Team Decision Profile: Teaming at the Top/ Team Humor Quotient/ Virtual Team Assessment/ Self-Management Success Factors/ Quick Team Check / Team Trouble Ticket/ Team Meeting Assessment/ Team Success Survey/ Survey of Cross-Functional Teamwork/ Organizational Alignment Assessment/ Team Culture Survey/ Organizational Structure Assessment / Organizational Culture Survey/ Self-Directed Team Readiness Survey.

200 pp/ 3-ring binder/ Code..25ITB / $99.95


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How to Use Team Building Contest to Create Company Art

The Great Wall of Art is a team building activity that creates a high team spirit while adding creativity and beauty to your workplace. The task is to create a piece of company art. Each team or department will be creating the company logo or icon as seen through the eyes of their particular department or division.

Start with a level playing field, by having each team have the same materials and same size canvas. Plan on placing the finished piece of art in your lobby and let the available size direct your finished size. Divide the canvas into equal sizes for each team. For example, a four foot by eight foot piece will divide into eight, two foot by two foot pieces. You can use foam core or large pieces of cardboard instead of canvas. Your local art supply store should have everything that you need. Each team will be allowed a creative latitude and should be told that their finished art will be displayed in a public place.

Teams should focus on their concept more then their ability to draw. How does their department view their company logo as it relates to them. You may be pleasantly surprised with the results. When the teams are finished have them place their finished art onto the full sized piece and arrange it according to the best placement. You can also take digital photos of the results and arrange them into a large piece of art or put them on a website. Adjust this activity to suit your own particular needs.

This activity is submitted by Bruce Fischer, VP of Creative Planning for a team building training company. Bruce is a trainer and speaker affiliate of HumaNext. He leads innovative team building sessions including getting teams to create TV commercials and other fun-filled learning modules.

Call us for more information on 973-427-3004 or email: info@humanext.com

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The Power of Recognition: This Activity Will Change Your Team Relationships

Here is a positive activity to boost the way people relate to each other at work. There are several variations to this activity which has been used in many training programs, including Dale Carnegie's. The Activity creates a great deal of goodwill and appreciation among people working together in one department or team.

Each person is to prepare several sheets of paper, and write at the top of each the name of one of the other members of the team, one sheet for each name. They should then write down under each name a list of the qualities or behaviors they most admired in that person in the past year, or in general. The statements should start with words like, "I appreciated it when you" or "I really admire your way of" or "It was great when you" or " Thank you for your outstanding help with". When all members have completed all the sheets about each other, collect the sheets for each member at a time and place them in an envelop to be given to the named person to read and keep. You can make variations as needed to fit your work situation.

The result of this activity is that each member will receive a large number of specific compliments, commendations, and expressions of appreciation for their qualities and actions. Countless experiences, and the popularity of 360 feedback tools, have indicated that people deeply appreciate and are affected by others' perceptions and opinions of them. The good thing about this activity is that it deliberately limits the feedback to only the positive side of people. The impact on the team spirit and working relationships can be dramatic.

This activity is part of our new Employee Engagement for Change program. Learn more about it here:

 http://www.humanext.com/employee-engagement-for-change.html


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Employee Engagement for Change - Using Action Teams to Change the Culture

How Engaged Action Teams Can Re-invent the Organization.

Our Employee Engagement for Change Program inspires employees to create teams that adopt three behavior-altering values:

  • Change Is Productive: From Complaining to Creating
  • Change Is Positive: From Criticizing to Coaching
  • Change Is Powerful : From Confronting to Collaborating

This activity is part of our new Employee Engagement for Change program. Learn more about it here:

http://www.humanext.com/employee-engagement-for-change.html


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Action Learning for Team Innovation: Off-the-Shelf Program

Teamagination: Perhaps the most powerful team communication, team innovation, and team transformation you will ever experience. Request a Sample Today. Send complete organization information and contacts to: service@humanext.com - Learn more at: http://www.humanext.com/teamwork.html

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Team Dynamics Training Template in MS Word & PowerPoints. Best Seller $149.00

This customizable workshop Template on MS Word is designed for new or existing team members who want to create and manage high performance teams. All the information and exercises can be easily applied to work-related situations. Team Dynamics is designed to be facilitated in up to two-days, or if you prefer, in a series of short-term meetings.

Participants will learn to:
  • Improve rapport and interpersonal relationships among team members
  • Establish team goals and charters
  • Enhance team and personal productivity through more effective communication and better-managed meetings
  • Reap the benefits of cohesive, goal-oriented teams versus working in groups
  • Use the five levels of empowerment to increase the responsibility, decision-making, and trust of team members
  • Plan and organize highly productive team meetings
  • Deal with dysfunctional meeting behaviors
  • Use creative brainstorming as a tool to gain involvement and increase the productivity individuals and teams
  • Use criteria-based evaluation methods to help team members focus objectively on solutions
  • Develop action plans that work
  • Use follow-up tools and collect ongoing information.
The skills covered include:
  • Understanding the Development and Growth of Teams
  • Using Team Listening and Communication Skills
  • Identifying and Applying the Five Levels of Empowerment
  • Developing Team Charters and Team Values
  • Managing Meetings More Effectively
  • Brainstorming Ideas and Suggestions
  • Evaluating Team Ideas and Suggestions
  • Collecting Information to Evaluate and Continuously Improve the Team
  • Identifying Blocks to Successful Performance.

Using the power of Microsoft Word 2000, you can modify, change, edit, delete, import, export, copy, paste, add color, logos, clip art, fonts, etc., to this program, just as you would any Word document! This training program contains two Word files: the Participant's Workbook and Facilitator's Guide plus PowerPoint slides. the files will be sent to your email address, and  can be used in any IBM compatible computer with Windows 95/98/NT and Microsoft Word already loaded.

Team Dynamics Training $149.00

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T.E.A.M. Self-Scoring Profile

 

The purpose of a team is to take necessary action to achieve results. This T.E.A.M. Profile tool provides teams with a profile of their effectiveness in taking action to achieve results. This profile can serve as a map for the team's development, learning, and change to increase its effectiveness.

Taking only a few minutes to answer 30 questions online, the TeamProfile reveals the team's effectiveness in the six areas that most impact team performance:


  • Shared Mission & Goals
  • Defined Roles and Methods
  • Inspiring Leadership
  • Supportive Relationships
  • A Learning Culture
  • Positive Communication

This self-scoring profile is available online

Online profile for one user/ $20.00 


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Teambuilding Effectiveness Profile Guide and Assessment

 
Here's everything you need to conduct a successful half-day or full-day workshop using the Teambuilding Effectiveness Profile - including the steps for administration, interpretation, and coaching suggestions.

The Facilitator's Guide is organized into three sections:



  • Using the Teambuilding Effectiveness Profile in a Feedback Workshop: Explains the Profile and its uses. Provides exercises, discussion ideas and suggestions for workshops and other learning opportunities.
  • Individual Question Coaching Tips: Covers each of the Profile questions and provides strategies and action steps to help individuals improve overall and in competency areas where scores are low.
  • Personal Action Planning: Includes a personal Contract for Change template that commits the individual to set improvement goals and a list of assessment items that can be used as springboard for discussion

Facilitator's Guide with one Profile / Assessment  $99.95
A Set of 5 Additional Profiles / Assessments $39.75

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6-Pack PowerPoint Ice Breakers - Team Builders Games Vol.1

Includes some new and old games for speakers, teachers and trainers. Great animated graphics, push button action and random generators.
Six great ice breakers and team builder games, including:

  • Fun Feud
  • Match Game
  • 1000 Pyramid (all 3 are similar to popular TV game shows guaranteed to engage your audience)
  • Star Cruiser is a Battleship type game. Play as your teams try to save the Universe!
  • Ice Breaker Wheel Game provides you with a unique way to have individuals introduce themselves then spin the wheel to perform a fun activity (Activities are ALL editable for your group and even for specific individuals).
  • Team Builder Crossword Puzzle in which teams quickly attempt to solve for the team builder word, as seconds tick off of the countdown clock

Prices:
Single Trainer Download Delivery (no shipping charges) $99.99


Single Trainer on CD (pay shipping, additional) $99.99


Single Trainer on Flash Drive (pay shipping) $119.99



Organization license for up to 20 trainers/teachers from same organization
Download delivery (no shipping) $399.99


Organization license on CD (pay shipping) $399.99


Organization license on flash drive (pay shipping plus $20 additional)) $419.99


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The Team Approach: How to Create Productive Teams with Study Guide, and Coaching A Winning Team - 2 Video Package

 

1- The Team Approach: How to create productive teams

  • Good teams build involvement, improve communication and cooperation, and generate innovative business solutions.
  • They streamline decision-making and expand competencies.

Learn how to:

  • Identify appropriate team projects.
  • Select the right team participants.
  • Nurture teams through development stages.
  • Define team members' roles and responsibilities.
  • Help build team identity.

Use this video to assure that all your employees know both what to expect from teams and what their teammates will expect from them. Guarantee: You'll discover new ways to use teamwork for creating innovative business solutions.

DVD Length: 24 mins.

2- Coaching a Winning Team

By Tara VanDerveer. Over a remarkable 27 seasons, Tara VanDerveer has claimed more than 600 wins. She has lead Stanford to two NCAA championships, five Final Four appearances, and ten Pac-10 Conference titles. She coached the USA Women's Basketball Team to an Olympic gold medal in 1996, and has been named Pac-10 Coach of the Year eight times.

Program Highlights :

Building credibility and consensus in a vision.

Using enthusiasm to turn around team motivation.

Identifying and using complementary strengths in a team.

Whether it be in basketball or business, a successful team is created by strengthening individual qualities and focusing them on a singular goal.

A candid and engaging storyteller, VanDerveer shares the coaching methods that have helped her teams triumph, as well as what she has learned to avoid. Making honesty and positive reinforcement the cornerstones of her process, she explains her techniques for maintaining team unity and focus.

Production Information: 55 Minutes (1997) / DVD

Purchase the Two DVDs Package for $190.00


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Committing to a Team Approach- A Performance Skills Teams Workshop

This (4 hours) workshop will energize newly formed teams and help them commit to a team approach. It helps members explore different team roles and get them to understand the four stages of team development.

By learning through experiential exercises about behaviors that occur at each stage of team development, members will preempt resistance to the team approach.

This is the first in the Performance Skills Teams Workshops Series (3 more available. See below.)

Committing to a Team Approach Workshop (4 hours) with Leader's Guide and one Participant Workbook $295.00

Additional Workbooks are $25.00 each.


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Communicating Effectively in Teams - A Performance Skills Teams Workshop

Improve all key communication skills within the context of achieving team goals. The content covers about 8 hours of training in a workshop format. It's part of the Performance Skills Teams Workshops.

This workshop ((8 HRS) systematically presents core communication skills such as active listening, giving and receiving feedback constructively, and reacting to others’ ideas.

The workshop package includes a Leader's Guide and one Participant Workbook for $295.00

Additional Participant Workbook $25.00 each


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Team Metrics: Resources for Measuring and Improving Team Performance

By: Mike Woodcock, Dave Francis

You've adopted the teamwork approach. Now you’re wondering "How do we know how well we’re doing?" This book answers the question.

Team Metrics contains a collection of tried-and-tested metrics that provide a valid framework for assessing the key areas of teamwork effectiveness. The book also provides suggested next steps so you can build on strengths and remove barriers - whether you are a team leader, team member, facilitator, consultant or advisor.

Included are a variety of 27 questionnaires, surveys and assessments which can be used in training or everyday situations. They cover management roles, meeting effectiveness, communication, motivation and other key areas for assessing teams - whether large or small, new or long-standing, personnel- or operations-focused, creative or strategic. The metrics are divided into five sections: Metrics for auditing team effectiveness - help you make a holistic assessment of a team’s effectiveness Metrics for assessing team leadership - examine aspects of the role of team leader Metrics for assessing team strengths and barriers - examine strengths and barriers that frequently occur in teams Metrics for assessing top team performance - enable top teams to assess their performance Metrics for facilitators - help facilitators plan and deliver effective team development interventions

The metrics require only a few minutes to implement making them a quick and effective way to improve the performance of teams and increase the satisfaction of team members.

394 pp / $149.95


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Making Team Decisions by Consensus- A Performance Skills Teams Workshop

When working in teams, it is critical to make decisions that all team members agree with and support. In this workshop, team members learn four basic decision-making approaches and identify why consensus decision making is most beneficial in a team setting.

Making Team Decisions By Consensus (2HRS.) helps your team members with the most difficult part of teamwork: making decisions effectively as a team without wasting a lot of time and energy, and without getting into a lot of inner fighting and conflict.

Leader's Guide and one Participant Workbook for $295.00

Additional Workbook $25.00


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Solving Team Problems: Help Your Team Solve The Actual Work Problem It Faces - A Performance Skills Teams Workshop

In order for teams to be successful, they must be able to solve everyday problems decisively and effectively.

With this workshop (3 hours), teams will learn to do so while working on an actual problem the team currently faces. This helps the team learn and practive problem solving skills while applying these skills at the work problem it is facing. This "Learn By Doing" approach helps your team spend its time productively and move fast from learning to performing.

Leader's Guide and One Participant Workbook for $295.00

Additional workbooks at $25.00 each.


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The Parker Team Series: Quick-read booklets to help you improve your team building skills

By: Glenn Parker

This series of ten brief, how-to booklets is full of insights and skills for team leaders and managers who want to improve their overall team building skills. Here you will find the most important aspects of teamwork covered concisely and thoroughly: Meetings, leadership, climate, conflict, rewards and recognition and team building. Each booklet is to the point but is jam-packed with clear explanations, useful exercises, meaningful vignettes and solid examples of the total team process.
The booklets appeal to both new comers and veterans. The knowledge can apply to any type of team – including on-site teams, new and existing teams and cross-functional teams.
Glenn Parker’s many hands-on years of building and sustaining teamwork, and writing best- selling books on teamwork are evident in these pages, Even if you’ve been involved in teamwork for decades, you’ll still find many new and fresh ideas and approaches you can apply immediately
Purchase complete set of 10 booklets (Also sold individually – see below) for $75.00
Or purchase reproducible set of 10 booklets in a single 3-ring binder with reproducible CD for $199.95


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Teamwork: 20 Steps to Success

In Volume I of The Parker Team Series, Teamwork:20 Steps to Success, acclaimed author Glenn Parker states that Successful teamwork requires doing lots of unspectacular little things, such as having a clear purpose, building effective relationships, honoring your commitments, and an obsessive concern for communicating information.
This quick, easy-to-read title is full of the information required to conduct teams in a more effective manner, including job aids and assessments. Teamwork:20 Steps to Success is the perfect primer for any type of team, from on-site, existing teams to brand-new, cross-functional teams.
46 pp /Paperback / Price: $9.95


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Effective Meetings: 20 Sure-Fire Tools

“A successful meeting is not measured by starting on time, having a great agenda, getting everyone involved, or even serving healthy muffins. While all these factors are important…a great meeting is simply one that achieves its objectives—in other words, where a problem is solved, a decision is made, a plan is developed, a question answered, or some other specific outcome is accomplished.”
In Volume II of The Parker Team Series, Effective Meetings: 20 Sure-Fire Tools, author Glenn Parker will help you achieve your desired outcomes. This easy-to-read book will guarantee better meeting results, whether it is an on-site team meeting, a tele-meeting, or a cross-cultural meeting.
71 pp paperback / Purchase Effective Meetings booklet for $9.95


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Team Leadership: 20 Proven Tools for Success

In Volume 3 of The Parker Team Series we learn that “Effective leadership is effective leadership. Some universal truths cut across all types of teams… Effective leaders have a clear vision and are able to communicate that vision… They develop a sense of urgency about the team’s work, involve team members in goal-setting and decision-making, and foster a climate of openness and honesty. People want to work with them…”.
42 pp paperback / Purchase Team Leadership booklet for $9.95

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Creating a Positive Team Climate

In Volume IV of the Parker Team Series, Creating a Positive Team Climate: 20 Practical Ideas author Glenn Parker shows how to evaluate an rehabilitate your team for outstanding results. This easy to read manual is chock full of practical advice, not theory; use it from the moment you open it up! / 39 pp paperback
Purchase Creating a Positive Team Climate booklet for $9.95


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Team Trust: 20 Trustworthy Tips

When there isn’t a high level of trust among team members, communication is guarded, the climate is tense, meetings are stiff and formal and the team goes nowhere. But, when trust increases, so do performance and results. This concise book from The Parker Team Series, tackles this often-ignored subject and is exactly what leaders need to build a team of employees who trust each other – and their leader.
33 pp Paperback / price $9.95


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Team Empowerment: 20 Ways to Get There

In Volume VI of The Parker Team Series, Team Empowerment: 20 Ways to Get There, author Glenn Parker explains the in-and-outs of what exactly an empowered team is or is not, the risks and benefits of empowered teams, and how to build and maintain an empowered team. BR> 39 pp Paperback / price $9.95


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Building Relationships for Team Success

This book, from The Parker Team Series, will explore the complexities of “managing the outside” and how to create effective relationships with the invisible team members that hold the key to your success.
32 pp Paperback / price $9.95


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Team Communications: 20 Essential Aids

One of the first things to go on a team is communication. When members fail to communicate with each other, and the team fails to communicate with stakeholders, you've got problems. Learn how to identify the sources of communication breakdown, admit there is a problem, send effective messages, be an active listener, get good team communication going by asking questions, set ground rules for effective communication, and more.
43 pp Paperback / price $9.95


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Successful Team Building: 20 Tips, Tools, & Exercises

In this easy-to-use manual, team building expert and author Glenn Parker shows you how to successfully conduct team building (when team building is called for). As with the other books in this series, this is accomplished through the use of assessments, activities and exercises.
44pp Paperback / Price $9.95


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Team Rewards: 20 Real Life Lessons

You may know how to form, train, develop and facilitate teams. But do you know how to reward them? Experts in developing rewards and recognition programs agree: One size does not fit all. The key is knowing which type of plan or combination of plans will work in your situation. And this book, from The Parker Team Series, will help you make that determination.
29pp paperback / Price $9.95


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Ten Ways To Build A Winning Team

 
Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together. --- V. M. Kelly

How "together" is your team? Is it a real team or just a group?

Just because people work together does not mean they make a team. They may be merely a group. Groups seldom achieve great things. Just imagine if a football team consisted of people who did not compensate for each other's weaknesses, did not have a common strategy known to everyone, and did not really want to play together. You can easily predict the results they would get. Only when people truly work as a team would you start to see sparks and hear "yahoos" of triumph. Do you hear any in your department? If not, no need to despair. Many groups have learned to become teams and produced breakthrough results. It's important first to recognize that you don't really have a team at play, and do something about it.

Here is what you can do to create a winning team:
  1. Make sure the team has a challenging goal to achieve.
  2. Ensure all team members understand the goal and are committed to it.
  3. Provide the necessary training to master the needed skills.
  4. Stay the course even when things are tough. Keep all eyes on the ball.
  5. Resolve conflict before it distracts people and splits the team.
  6. Measure the team's progress, and make the score known to all.
  7. Ask team members for their input and find out what they need to win.
  8. Encourage diversity of styles within a shared dedication to the goal.
  9. The coach is to motivate and guide, but not hold players' hands.
  10. Celebrate small wins along the way, until you achieve the big one.
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