“Get Unstuck, Stay Unstuck and do what you Are”
Corporate Strategy Series

Team Development – Four Workshops

The fourth category (also known as the Silver Series) in the “Get Unstuck, Stay Unstuck and do what you Are” Corporate Strategy series, Team Development, has four programs.

These workshops address the more common and most difficult team issues that CEOs and executives face such as which kind of team do I need, how to conduct a high level strategic planning session with my team, how do develop a high performing team, group stages and group facilitation.

You can find the outline for a program that might be of interest to you, by clicking the corresponding workshop cover icon below.

There you will find an overview for the seminar in that category you might be interested in and a short introduction video for that program as well.

Workshop Number One

Champions: How to Build High Performing Teams

It has been thoroughly documented through countless research efforts during the past eighty years that small groups go through a series of predictable development stages during their group history or life cycle. These studies are remarkably consistent, regardless of the purpose for which the group was assembled, in their identification of four developmental stages.

“Champions” will show you how to lead your team “facilitatively” through these four stages to the high-productivity, “Celebration” stage. At this point your team will not just work “with” each other but “for” each other, such that whole becomes greater than the sum of its’ parts.

At the same time, we will explore the various ways to inoculate your team from the five insidious issues that bedevil so many modern-day business groups. Like a chain with just one link broken, teamwork deteriorates if even a single one of these maladies is left unattended. We will also paint a detailed portrait as to how members of truly cohesive teams behave with and to each other.

In a word, this workshop will teach you what it has taken me 40 years to learn by the way, how to develop a great management team.

In “Champions”, you will also learn:

1. The four stages of team development and how to quickly move to the next stage

2. How to help your teams do exactly what they are supposed to do.

3. Accelerate through the dissatisfaction stage

4. Understand, define and optimize individual roles

5. Address challenges swiftly, smoothly and effectively

6. Reduce conflict and establish effective communication

7. How to become a superb group facilitator

8. How to build trust, accountability, cooperation and commitment into your team

Workshop Number Two

Fail to Plan – Plan to Fail
How to Conduct a Powerful Sixty Minute Strategic Planning Session

The great strategic challenge confronting modern-day organizations is to create a strategic plan that connects the daily activities of its’ individual employees to the larger results said company is seeking. It must also be easily communicated, understood and timely.

But above all it must inspire employees to feel that they are sharing in an enterprise that is transcendent to their individual endeavors; so overarchingly majestic that it is indeed more than worthy of their commitment. In that sense a company’s strategic plan is as much art as it is science.

“Fail to Plan; Plan to Fail” will teach you the science to and the artistry of organizational strategic planning with your executive team. Its’ primary promise is that you will be able to conduct a sophisticated and comprehensive strategic planning session (including the criteria cited above) in 60 minutes or less.

You will also learn:

  1. The four types strategic thinking your group needs to develop a successful planning session
  1. How to develop a practical picture of the future you desire
  1. How to uproot and deal with the underlying obstacles to your vision
  1. How to formulate a substantial action plan for the new directions you need to pursue
  1. And you will learn conduct a powerful panning session in 60 minutes or less
  1. The eight new principles to strategic planning
  1. The premise to a great planning session

Workshop Number Three

The Exquisite and Ever so Rare Art of Group Facilitation”
How to Help Your Group Exceed Your Expectations

Great leaders have great teams. And they have great teams because they know how to lead and effectively facilitate really good team meetings. If you are a manager, this singular skill will save you a world of hurt. Imagine knowing how to help your group exceed your every expectation.

The “The Exquisite and Ever so Rare Art of Group Facilitation” will show you how to consistently break the petty log-jams that bedevil so many teams, so that sharing, cooperating, and helping, authentically and honestly become your group norm.

In a word, this book will teach you, what it has taken me 40 years to learn by the way, how to help your group (meetings) exceed your expectations and to develop an extraordinary, high-level team.

In “The Exquisite and Ever so Rare Art of Group Facilitation” you will also learn:

1. What consensus is; when to use it and when not to use it

2. The artistic process of group facilitation; how the pros do it

3. The four assumptions that under-gird every high-performing executive team

4. The nine ground rules that make teams not only work with each other but for each other

5. The four decision making rules that every team needs

6. The extremely important difference between a committee and a team

7. How to become a superb group facilitator

8. The two kinds of team facilitation thinking and when and how to use them

9. Ten strategies to gain team consensus

10. The best way leverage and maximize your group’s thinking such that the whole truly is greater than the sum of its’ parts.

Workshop Number Four

The Jays, the Giants and the Lakers
A Systemic Model, Analysis, and Prescription Effective Organizational Leadership


The under-girding thesis of “The Jays, the Giants and the Lakers” is that systems tend to cause their own behavior. A system is the method/way an organization uses to measure and reward employee performance and behavior to realize its’ primary goals, especially profit.

Complying with the system (the job or the assigned role employees use to define themselves) is how people survive in an organization. This “determinant” is truly what makes people do what they do. Have you ever noticed how “everybody”, no matter how hurried they might be, still stops at all the red lights. Why? The systemic cost, the punishment, the grief make it so. That’s why.

The most important management principle for any leader therefore is to create systems that inspire people to do “the right thing”.

We will explore how to lead “systemically”; to recognize, manage and then leverage the three business systems consistently but unwittingly used by modern-day organizations to effectively run their operations

I promise you, the fundamental concept, strategies and tactics in this workshop will make you a much more complete and powerful leader.

In “The Jays, the Giants and the Lakers”, you will also learn:

1. When, why, how and what to do when you need “Compliance from” your team

2. When, why, how and what to do when you need “Cooperation by” your team

3. When, why, how and what to do when you need “Competition among” your team

4. The two strategic questions that will clarify any conflictual or difficult situation

5. The twelve ways that the three sports model reflects organizational culture

6. When are people the most important issue, when is the process the important issue and when is the system the most important issue (the answer will surprise you)

7. What are the three business processes I need to know and when and how should I best use them?

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