Team development programs differ from team building programs in that they are usually longer, content based and focus on developing stronger skills in a specific competence. Team Development programs can focus on building a high performance team leadership development, effective communication, change management, and so much more.
If you want to get the best ROI on your investment in a team development program there are some simple steps you need to follow.
First, you must identify who the team development program is for and why do they need it. Is this a dysfunctional team that is not hitting their goals and they need a major turn around? Are they a newly formed team that needs to accelerate their evolution to performance? Are they a team that has been working together for a while and have seemed to stall in their performance? Are they a high performance team that could use a celebration, reward and a little fine-tuning? Anyone of these teams is a good candidate for team development training.
Next, you must clearly outline the goals and objectives of the team development program. Is this session to focus on a specific team competency such as communication, change, decision making, culture, conflict resolution, or team culture? Or is it more of a tune-up with a general focus in many different areas.
Once you have your goals and objectives identified you can work with your training provider to craft a curriculum for the day. Do not accept an off-the-shelf program. Your trainer should be willing to get to know your organization, your team, your product or service, your goals and your challenges and design the team development training to support these things specifically. This design should be done collaboratively to ensure the best fit and that this team development training supports other internal initiatives already in progress.
After the team development program has been delivered you need to have a clear follow-up plan. Most team development programs fade rather quickly and this is why Summit has developed a Managers Follow-Up Guide. This guide maps out a strategy to help achieve internal follow through and support for the team development program.
Follow this guide and you will have great success and ROI with your next team development program.
At Summit Team Building our team development programs utilize a blend of the traditional training world and the experiential training world. The models, tools, strategies, case studies, powerpoint, workbook, and action plan aspect of the traditional training environment root the team development training program in a solid foundation. However, this training format has been known to be a little dull at times and does not maintain engagement. This is the value of adding in the experiential training elements of team challenge activities, role-playing and other interactive components. When combined correctly the traditional and experiential elements meld to create a highly engaging and educational team development session.
Many trainers offer team development programs, but few offer ones that really work while and present an engaged learning environment, custom curriculum and a follow-up plan. At Summit Team Building we will work with you collaboratively to make sure you get the best team development program possible.