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Creating High-Performance Teams

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Engaged, highly functioning teams are vital to an organization’s ability to successfully accomplish initiatives and remain competitive. While well-intentioned, many teams fall victim to common pitfalls that can derail progress and prevent them from achieving their full potential.

Learn how to create and lead a team that functions at a high performance level. Drive business results through accountable cross-functional teamwork. Recognize potential missteps and learn how to avoid them. Diplomatically work through conflict and provide constructive feedback. Fine-tune your observation skills to assess team dynamics and intervene on the spot. Develop team agility as the organization faces change.

In this highly interactive session, participants will engage in a series of experiential exercises designed to increase their ability to effectively assess and lead teamwork. Short presentations, individual assessments, small and full group discussion will accelerate learning and application to the real-world setting.

Key Benefits

  • Identify the characteristics of high-performance teams and their leaders
  • Effectively lead team members from start-up, through obstacles, to high performance
  • Bridge work style differences among team members
  • Observe, analyze, and facilitate group dynamics
  • Inspire shared accountability in cross-functional teamwork
  • Productively manage conflict among team members
  • Guide team members as organizational change occurs
  • Accelerate team performance
  • Share experiences and learn from others successes and missteps

Who should attend

This program is designed for mid-level to senior executives who are responsible for improving the performance of their company’s employees. Typical titles include director, supervisor, manager, group leader, or team leader. Anyone responsible for organizational change, or coaching and supporting people would benefit from this program.


My passion is developing people and organizations to be their best. As a consulting psychologist, I coach leaders to develop their leadership presence & effectiveness, and work with individuals to discover career paths aligned with their interests, skills and core purpose. At Global Talent ...
Louellen Essex is an Educator in the Carlson Executive Educator’s Network at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Dr. Essex focuses on training and organizational development, leadership, communication, team building and conflict resolution. She holds a PhD from the Universi...


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