Team building

This course prepares participants for the team challenges they will encounter during the capstone consulting project. The course builds on what executive students have already learned in their kick-off and organizational behavior courses, namely topics related to personality, teamwork, and how individual differences can impact working behaviors in teams. 

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Building intelligence and delivering solutions

This course prepares participants for the team challenges they will encounter during the capstone consulting project. Participants will be working in their respective teams. The course builds on what executive students have already learned in their kick-off and organizational behavior courses, namely topics related to personality, teamwork, and how individual differences can impact working behaviors in teams. It also reinforces the notion that team effectiveness depends not on any single factor, but rather on a range of factors – including the nature of the teams’ tasks, processes, and contexts. Furthermore, the course introduces methods of providing effective feedback and conflict management. The second part of this course serves as a platform for participating teams to develop their own team mission as well as a set of rules and criteria against which participants will measure their team’s effectiveness.

The course is highly interactive, and participants spend a substantial part of their day in teams. Given its hands-on nature, there is no required pre-reading. The course is supplemented by several self-assessments and a range of exercises used to facilitate achievement of the course goals.

At the end of the course, participants will understand the key features of their own personality and how they can impact teamwork. This seminar will also enhance participants’ understanding of the main drivers of team effectiveness, best feedback practices, the nature of conflict and conflict resolution models. Finally, participants will greatly increase their team effectiveness by being able to create a well-stated team mission, anticipate potential problems in their teams, and define concrete criteria for assessing team effectiveness.