Leading a High Performance Team

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5th Nov 2019



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A team is a group of people who work interdependently to achieve a common goal. Many leaders assume that they will have a high performing team if they have the highest achieving individuals. Research into high performing teams, however, shows that, all other things being equal, teams with strong team cohesion outperforms teams that don’t. The extent to which a team can develop cohesion depends on the extent to which the team has committed to a shared purpose; is aligned on core values, goals and strategies, and applies teaming skills. Key teaming skills include authentic communication, giving and receiving feedback, group facilitation, resolving conflict, problem solving, solution focused team reflection, peer coaching; influencing and collaborating with others outside of their team; responding to change; and celebrating success. This one-day workshop will introduce these key skills enabling you to know where to focus your attention and energy to develop team capabilities in accelerating and strengthening their team cohesion. In a world of intensifying competition, the teams that accelerate their development are first over the line – the early bird catching the worm, so to speak.

Learning Objectives

  • Appreciate what it takes to develop a high performing team
  • Understand the importance of alignment and how to achieve it across the team
  • Recognise the necessary roles within the team, and the relative strengths and weaknesses of your team against those roles
  • Have practiced some of the key teaming skills
  • Learn the significance of, and how to establish, an effective team charter
  • Have an appreciation for why and how to develop learning agility, change agility, inclusiveness and resilience
  • Understand the benefit and application of various forms of coaching to improve your team’s performance
  • Be aware of the importance of celebration as part achieving team performance

Featuring Our Speakers

Stephen Harrison

Executive Coach

Harrison International Limited

Stephen works with organizations, teams and individuals to enable them to embrace change with power and purpose. His first book, Appreciate the Fog: Embrace Change with Power and Purpose, explores how an individual can develop personal power and resilience when confronted with challenge. His more than two decades in project, strategic and change management strengthened his belief in the fundamental importance of people over tools and techniques to achieve success. Through his work as a coach, and in leadership development and group process facilitation, he works directly with individuals and teams to develop their capability and deliver high performance outcomes. Stephen has provided consulting services locally in New Zealand and training throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia, North America and the Middle East.

Driven by his professional commitment, Stephen founded the Project Management Institute New Zealand (PMINZ) chapter and served for six years on the international board of PMI. Stephen led the development of PMI’s globalisation strategy, was made a Fellow of PMI New Zealand and received the 2004 PMI Distinguished Contribution award in acknowledgement of his services to the profession.

Strongly focused on his own personal development, Stephen has extensive training in coaching, group facilitation, and therapeutic and personal growth modalities, including action methods, Co-counselling and Nonviolent Communication, and received a Brain-Based Coaching Certificate through the Neuroleadership Group.

Appreciate the Fog written by Stephen Harrison is a self-help and leadership book that encourages embracing change with power and purpose. It offers some suggestions that may provide quick payback in life with the intent to acknowledge that there are deeper processes with wonderful, lasting benefits that are available as the lifelong process of self-discovery opens. It encourages embracing the fog as it rises and developing a meaningful, authentic, and intimate relationship with the inner self. Some themes include thriving amidst change; performing adequately in new situations; Manifesting personal power; engaging with your inner self in a more meaningful, authentic, and intimate relationship.

Who should attend?

This workshop is suitable for people leaders, project manager, change managers, and anyone else with responsibility for assuring teams are equipped to deliver in a high-performance manner.

Topics Covered

  • Getting Alignment: Performance requires the team develop soundly and that they gain a solid and unified understanding of their purpose, goals, and individual contributions.
  • Getting Alignment: Performance requires the team develop soundly and that they gain a solid and unified understanding of their purpose, goals, and individual contributions.
  • Developing Each Other: Learning from and adapting to arising situations is essential, and the team members can individually and collectively contribute to the team’s capacities, responsiveness to external events, and resilience.
  • Celebrating Success: Meaningful appreciation of each other, acknowledgment of each other, and recognition of successfully achieving significant milestones encourages cohesion and strengthens motivation of the team.