Team Building
Presenter:      Beverly Bitterman
Company:      Beverly Bitterman & Associates
Format:            Conference breakout session, full day workshop or retreat
Program Description:
Team Building Activities demonstrate different aspects of team behaviors and get team members to think about what is essential for
high performing teams. They allow the group to recover from disunity, frustration and conflict. They also help sensitize the team
members to behaviors that may contribute toward or obstruct group problem solving. Behaviors cover such things as good
communication, problem solving skills, trust, taking advantage of the strengths and weaknesses of each team member and understanding
the customers’ point of view.
Beverly works with Team Leaders to select activities that fit the team and the desired outcomes. Challenges are often used. However,
working on Team Behavior Guidelines, Creating a Team Vision Statement or Defining Team Values are also ways that Teams can bond
together toward a shared desired outcome. DiSC Behavioral Style Assessments may be used in longer sessions to heighten understanding
of the values each behavioral style brings as well as how styles sometimes clash with each other.
Learning Outcomes for the Session:
Participants will:
ð     Be given a task to complete in a specified time frame.
ð     Experience individual differences, role assumptions, communication successes and failures.
ð     Debrief the experience to deepen their insight and understanding of themselves, their teammates and the team as a whole.
ð     Understand how differences are essential on a team in order to create a best outcome.
Discussion Points:
ð     Description of the task at hand.
ð     Debrief of the task.
ð     What roles did each take?
ð     How did each communicate? How effective was it?
ð     What contributed to success or failure?
ð     Did each participant act as they do on familiar teams?
ð     What would have affected a better outcome for the task?
ð     Different behavioral styles bring different strengths to a team.
ð     Role clarity contributes to team success.
ð     Effective communication and an environment that fosters open communication have a winning edge.
Þ    Being “at choice” reduces stress by increasing a sense of control and often leads to more productive solutions.
Opportunity for longer programs to be augmented with individual Trimetrix assessments that can be used to create a team report
to be used to create understanding about how members can communicate more effectively with each other, recognizing that
people have different styles and preferences.