Building a team’s capacity to become more than they presently think is possible and is always an extremely exciting and at times scary venture. It is exciting due to the future prospect of having individuals that are engaged and motivated by a common vision on board. For leadership and the team it might also prove to be scary due to the basic human tendency to focus on all the possible pitfalls that could be facing the team if the team is not guided towards specific outcomes in a scientific way.
Due to the 'scary' factor of building a team, we as human scientists are ecstatic about every team that engages with us due to the referral of other teams that have benefitted by our well balanced approach of FUN and SCIENCE. To be able to have a scientific approach we consult with the leadership and if possible conduct a survey before the start of the intervention to determine the growth needs and if possible hurdles to that growth.
Following this our team puts together a program specifically focussed on the highlighted needs (from interviews and surveys) this program is provided to management for approval. Our interventions would always include at least one personal insight giving psychometric instrument which could vary between a Jung Type Assessment, TKI, PDA, Shadowmatch or a more detailed insight gained from a battery of Psytech as the need would determine.
In addition to the above we often like to incorporate some elements of personal emotion control since that is so often a barrier for effective cooperation.
As much as we would like to believe that our 2 -5 day team capacity building excursions yield the highest possible results due to its scientific and team supported design. We do realise that permanent change is only possible with assistance of repeated re-focussing on the insights gained for at least 6months. This is why we encourage our clients to invest in recurring monthly 1 – 2 hour sessions with a facilitator to cement the learning in the team culture.
Upon completion of the intervention our facilitators encourage leaders to engage with them to gain greater insight into the team and possible ways of increasing their capacity for success.
To conclude we take out the scary part to emphasise the excitement in being the best team we can possibly be!