Developing a Team Performance Assessment

There are many choices in customized and ‘off the rack’ team assessments. The 4-D system by Charles Pellerin is very well-supported and well researched. There is a simple 25 question assessment in ‘Games Teams Play’ by Lisa Bendaly (McGraw-Hill Ryerson). The Internet provides many free assessment tools (e.g., Mind Tools, Team effectiveness assessment). Most are based on team members’ self assessments and scoring of a number of team attributes. In this era of metrics, you may wish to find statistically robust measurement tools.   However, I personally think that there is also value in teams developing their own self-assessment tool through a carefully guided process that includes going through an exercise to define what a great team and great teamwork mean to them. They can then develop a descriptive list of key behaviours that relate to such areas as trust, communications, responsibility, etc. and a scale for scoring. Regardless of the tool you use, a single assessment yields only a snap shot taken at a moment in time. To get real value, report results promptly to team members, debrief and discuss them, create action plans and provide workshops on key areas for improvement. Repeat the assessment to measure progress and, once again, report the results. People need to know they are making progress, and so does your organization. Contact us For More...

Vinson Expedition-Nov 14

Puntas Arenas -November 14 At 6am I was just starting to stir from a pretty good night’s sleep when I heard the jiggling of a key in a door. At first I thought it was in a dream, then I realized it was not a dream. I thought it must be coming from one of the other rooms, but then realized it was too loud and it must be my room. I was about to get an unexpected visitor. Suddenly the door swung open and in walked Ron. I was not expecting him until 8:30 or later, but I guess his flights had gone smoothly and he got into Punta Arenas earlier than expected. Everest in 2008 and it was good to see him. We chatted for about an hour catching up until the people in the next room started to pound on the wall. Apparently the walls are paper thin and they were not real excited to listen to us chat at 6am. I suggested to Ron that perhaps he should lie down and get some rest and he responded that he was too wound up to sleep. Five minutes later he was out like a light. I however, could not fall back asleep and read for a while and wrote my blog. I then made my way downstairs for breakfast. Our hotel is $87 a night and includes breakfast. It is not the fanciest or cleanest of places, but it does the job. Breakfast was a selection of eggs, toast, cereal, yogurt, fruit, and crepes. Just as I sat down Ryan walked in and joined me. We...

Packing for Mount Vinson

 Well it is one day before I depart for Antarctica. It has been a bit of a whirlwind the past few weeks with little time to prepare or even think about this trip. We have been extremely busy delivering training and team building programs and I have delivered quite a few keynotes across Canada. I want to acknowledge my great team of Dave, Claudia, Mary, Alecia, Colin and Susan who have done an amazing job and who will keep things running while I am away. Since I am madly packing today I thought I would share with you what one takes on an Antarctic expedition. Obviously it will be cold and remote so I need warm clothing that will keep me safe. Since we will be skiing and climbing I will be taking more than usual on this trip. Temperatures will range from -10c on a warm day to -30c if a storm blows in. We will have 24 hour daylight which, as I learned on Denali, can be a blessing and a curse. Starting from my feet up I will have my Atomic backcountry skis which accompanied my up Mount Logan (Canada’s highest peak) and on many a back country trip in the Rockies. My Millet 8000m boots kept me warm on Everest and should be perfect in Antarctica as well. Although they will not be the best ski boot I have ever used. I will take a pair of down booties for around camp as well as 4 pair of heavy wool socks and 4 pair of light liner socks. We will also be using vapour barriers...