Effective team development improves group focus and communication, decreases meeting time, and creates a common frame of reference. All of these reduce the time required to make decisions, which enables actions to be taken faster and more wisely. The overall result is that time is optimized, thereby freeing up resources for redirection to other expenditures.

Teams are increasingly regarded as the fundamental unit of performance in organizations, particularly as teams can consistently deliver higher performance than individuals acting on their own. Not only do teams produce better results, most commonly in collective work products, they also provide the arena for exciting personal and professional growth for members.

All too often, however, teams are regarded as ends in themselves, rather than means to whatever ends confront their members. All teams have one cardinal characteristic in common: they have members who have challenges to address and who are under pressure to perform.

When establishing or working with teams, it is important to consider the skills and commitments that team members bring to the team in addition to their accountability to one another. It is equally important to attend to the critical role of the team leader in the team's success.

The team leader's training and skill level is a significant predictor of the team's success, since high-functioning teams are characterized by leaders who receive a great deal of attention, training, and support in their role.

Among the most frequently utilized CPD interventions for team integration are New Team Alignment™ and TeamWorkAbility™. We customize each of these interventions for the unique needs and situation of each team we work with.

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