Facilitating and Leading Teams Training Workbook – Best Practices for Improving Team Effectiveness
Some say effective team facilitation is a lost art. How effective are your work team meetings? How many project and focus work teams do you need to have? Do your work team leaders lead meaningful meetings and facilitate effective group decision making? Do you effectively use your meeting time? How often do you find your group going off on tangents or arguing about opinions instead of facts? Do one or two team members talk more than they should? My 182-page, full color ‘Facilitating and Leading Teams’ training workbook helps you answer these questions. Also, it will help you address their related challenges.
The main reason my ‘Facilitating and Leading Teams’ training workbook is important – why it is different and works – is that it is practice oriented. The team facilitation skills and tools you read about and practice help you waste less meeting time. Well-facilitated virtual team events help you benefit more from the different perspectives on the team. You arrive at more effective solutions, in less time. Less time is spent in formal meetings. Plus, you get better results from the meeting time you do invest. The key lies in leaders that practice the right facilitation skills at the right time and continue to practice in the spirit of improvement.
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Why is the ‘Facilitating and Leading Teams’ training workbook important?
Most organizations have too many teams in action. Plus, they waste time daily in too many poorly managed meetings. Too many leaders lack the facilitation skills to use necessary meeting time wisely. The design of this 182-page, full color workbook helps any team leader (1) reduce meeting waste, (2) increase team effectiveness, (3) put more effective process improvements in place. Its content also helps you optimize your mix of process teams, project, and focus work teams. Finally, the workbook gives you facilitation best practices and strategies to improve team support for those teams you do need.
The design and content of my ‘Facilitating and Leading Teams’ training workbook helps team leaders improve their personal team facilitation and leadership skills in a high impact way. Plus, use of this workbook helps you evaluate and improve your team facilitation and leadership skills. For best results, consider the use of an experienced coach to guide your facilitation technique workouts. Doing so helps accelerate effective skill development.
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The team facilitation skills and tools you read about and practice help you waste less meeting time. Well-facilitated team events gain more from the different perspectives on the team and arrive at more effective solutions. You spend less time in formal meetings, and you get better results from the meeting time you do invest.
The ideas in this ‘Facilitating and Leading Teams’ training workbook help you learn how to:
- Manage group dynamics, and in turn, get more from your teams in less time
- Identify the personal skills necessary for effective project team facilitation and work team leadership
- Reduce the amount of time and money that you spend in meetings, and still get more meeting value
- Use effective team leadership and facilitation skills to enhance investigation or problem solving quality and timeliness
- Optimize the number of teams you need to meet the strategic intent of your organization or site
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Who is the author of this ‘Facilitating and Leading Teams’ training workbook?
The workbook supports the virtual 3-day “Facilitating and Leading Teams – Best Practices for Improving Team Effectiveness” practice field that Kevin McManus developed to help leaders at any level become more effective meeting facilitators. You can also use this workbook to conduct your own in-house ‘Facilitating and Leading Teams’ workshop. Create your own mix of the 12 interactive workbook exercises.
The workshop design is based on the Toastmasters public speaking skills development model. You cannot become a better team leader or facilitator simply by learning new concepts. Team facilitation skills must be practiced. Also, it may help to have a coach who gives you feedback as you practice. The design of this workshop gives you that practice field.
Facilitating and Leading Teams Training Workbook Table of Contents
- Workshop Overview
- Communicating Effectively with Others
- Exploring the Group Process
- The Basics of Facilitation
- Raising Team Engagement Levels
- Team Effectiveness Basics
- Making Effective Decisions in Groups
- Meeting Effectiveness Basics
- Using Teams to Improve Performance
- The Value of Effective Team Support
- Planning for Improvement
- Workshop Expectations, Outcomes, and Ground Rules Definition
- Exploring Your Communication Preferences
- “The Cash Register” exercise
- “The Fallout Shelter” exercise
- Using Questions to Increase Group Engagement Levels
- FastChips Decision Making Exercise
- Defining KPAs, Increase/Decrease Objectives, and Key Projects
- Finding Time for Improvement – Defining and Reducing Meeting Waste
- Identifying Current and Future Teams
- Defining Your Innovation Threshold
- ‘What Should You Expect from Teams?’ exercise
- Creating a Team Infrastructure Blueprint
- Defining Current and Future Team Investments
- Team Infrastructure Re-Design Action Plan
- Defining Personal Next Steps
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