Benchmarks of Team Excellence

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Get the tool that measures a higher level of team functioning. Benchmarks of Team Excellence is a teamwork excellence assessment and training workshop that reveals important information about the experience and attitudes of those who know the team best - the team members.

Benchmarks of Team Excellence was developed as part of an extensive research project that investigated the relationship between various leadership behaviors (visionary leadership behaviors and good management practices) and the level of excellence in the manager's team. A thorough review and synthesis of the literature revealed six indicators of excellent work units: alignment, team effectiveness, empowerment, passion, commitment, and results.

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How It Works

By combining individual scores with the team's scores, participants get a portrait of their team's overall level of performance in each of the six excellence indicators. Interpretative information provides insight into the ranges and scores. With analysis, discussion, and action planning questions, participants then reflect on and discuss the teams functioning and how it can improve.

The Six Indicators of Excellence

  1. Alignment - a deep sense of vision or purpose that is shared among team members
  2. Team Effectiveness - strong internal processes that allow coordinated efforts, such as shared values, trust, open communication, flexibility, and decision making
  3. Empowerment - feeling empowered to do what is necessary; both personally and within a collective power
  4. Passion - high and sustained levels of energy, enthusiasm, excitement, and confidence
  5. Commitment - deep commitment to the purpose of the team and to each other
  6. Results - accomplishing outstanding results based on high standards

Learning Outcomes

  • Measure the extent to which teams possess the six indicators of excellence
  • Compare a team's performance with other excellent and high-performing teams
  • Determine action steps to help teams move farther and faster along the journey toward excellence

Uses and Applications

Benchmarks of Team Excellence makes an effective stand-alone training session. It is also easily incorporated into a larger training program. The assessment has been used by a wide variety of organizations for team building and team leadership training, as well as in programs to teach the concepts of excellent organizational practices, characteristics of high-performance teams, and group dynamics.

Product Details

Product Type: Assessment and workshop

Facilitator Guide Includes:

  • Administrative guidelines
  • Theoretical background
  • Descriptions of the six indicators
  • Interpretive information
  • Technical development information including reliability, validity, and more

Participant Guide Includes:

  • 36-item assessment
  • Pressure-sensitive scoring form
  • Description of the six indicators of excellence
  • Charts for recording results
  • Interpretive information
  • Analysis questions
  • Discussion questions
  • Action planning

Time Required: 1 hour

What to Order

Starter Kit: Order One Kit for Up to Five Participants.

Includes the Facilitator Guide and a 5-Pack of print self-assessments.

Facilitator Guide: Order One Guide Per Trainer.

This detailed, step-by-step guide for planning and delivering a powerful learning experience give you everything needed to facilitate a full day workshop. Background information, assessment instructions, scripts, discussion questions, activities, a USB drive containing a PowerPoint presentation, and samples of the assessment. Facilitator support materials will be available to you as a digital download link in your order confirmation.

Paper Assessment 5-Pack: Order One Pack For Up to Five Participants.

A comprehensive takeaway that includes critical content, worksheets, and forms used during the workshop, as well as additional tools for on-the-job use.

Online Assessment: Order One Per Participant.

The foundation for the workshop, the online assessment is administered to participants through the HRDQ Assessment Center. A full-color, detailed report is delivered electronically to the facilitator/administrator when complete.

About the Author

Jesse Lyn Stoner is a business consultant, coach, former executive, and bestselling author. Her clients range from international corporations to small business, government and non-profits, and include Edelman, Marriott, SAP, Stanley, Skanska, The Hartford, and Yale University to name a few.

Ms. Stoner is co-author, with Ken Blanchard, of the international bestseller "Full Steam Ahead: Unleash the Power of Vision." Additionally, she created many of the Blanchard Company's training materials in team leadership and organization development, and she has authored several team and organizational assessments.

Ms. Stoner holds advanced degrees in psychology and a doctorate in organizational development.