Extensively researched and internationally proven, this assessment provides group members with a ‘safe’ way to talk about their behaviour and how it affects the group's performance. Through highlighting styles of interactions that are helping or hindering their teamwork, it empowers them to change the way they approach problems and interact with each other — leading … Continue reading The Group Styles Inventory (GSI) is the only research-based tool that provides a valid and reliable measure of how people in groups interact with each other and work as a team to solve problems.
The Desert Situation "It is approximately 10 o'clock in the morning on a mid-August day and you have just crash-landed in the Sonoran Desert in the southwestern United States." Your task is to rank 15 items salvaged from the plane in the order of their importance to your team's survival. Set in an unfamiliar location, … Continue reading Unlock the secret of team synergy with one of the most widely used exercises for team building and group development in the world. Do your teams have what it takes to survive?
In order to experience happiness we need satisfaction. In order to get satisfaction we want to change. But, In order to experience happiness we need security. In order to have security we don’t want to change. When we feel pressure to change and we feel pressure not to change we resist change and end up … Continue reading Overcoming resistance to change.
Team breakthroughs require a combination of skill and expertise, constructive interpersonal behaviour and systems thinking. How big the breakthrough is depends on the quality of the decision, multiplied by the degree to which the decision is accepted by those who must implement it. Quality and Acceptance is brought about through consensus decision making. Skill and … Continue reading How to create an environment for breakthrough results in any team.
Survival Simulation Series exercises require team members to work together effectively to deal with life-threatening situations. These simulations can be used as icebreakers, to establish Constructive norms within a new work group, or to introduce members to the value of synergy or to gauge their synergistic problem-solving skills. How Simulations work Synergy occurs when the interactive … Continue reading Team Development – Using Simulations
For collective problem solving to be really effective there are three things to get right: 1. Get the right people in the room. It seems obvious but often goes unchecked. Do you have the subject matter expertise in the room or, at a minimum, do you have access to them? Are the decision makers present … Continue reading Collective problem solving – three tips to make it work better.
In a previous post I described Efrat's Cloud, a very effective way to explain why we resist change. Human thinking and behaviour is very complex. In order to make something complex easier to understand a picture can paint a thousand words. While Efrat's cloud is a picture that describes the dynamics of our thinking and … Continue reading How we resist change.
"There is a cloud that, in a way, haunts me, or at least I keep finding it everywhere that I look, and that is Efrat’s Cloud." - Dr. Kelvyn Youngman. In 1995 Efrat Goldratt was a Ph.D. student in Israel. She is the daughter of Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt who conceived the Theory of Constraints Thinking … Continue reading Why we resist change.