Extraordinary Teams Inventory

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This is not your ordinary team assessment. Extraordinary Teams is the powerful training solution that will transform your organization's teams from just plain ordinary to absolutely extraordinary. Based on the popular book, Extraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results, this combination online team inventory, participant workbook, and half-day workshop offers a thorough examination of team effectiveness. The performance improvement tool starts with an assessment of the "Five Indicators of Extraordinary Team Performance" followed by in-depth team discussion and developmental action planning.

So what's the difference between an ordinary team and one that's extraordinary? Of course extraordinary teams have the ability to achieve tangible results. But they also do something ordinary teams cannot: They cultivate an exciting, collaborative environment that's built upon mutual trust, respect, and engagement. As team members, individuals experience a positive personal change - and your organization reaps the benefits of better team performance to become more effective teammates.

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How It Works

Extraordinary Teams begins with a 25-item online team assessment that measures the Five Indicators of Extraordinary Teams: compelling purpose, embracing difference, full engagement, strengthened relationships, and profound learning. The anonymous responses from each team member are combined to create a team profile that serves as the basis for the half-day workshop. Teams learn about each of the five dimensions and then make a group decision about whether or not they want to increase their collective capacity to improve the team's effectiveness. The team assessment takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. If you are not conducting the half-day workshop, we recommend you allow an hour for interpretation and group discussion.

In addition to the online team assessment, the Extraordinary Teams Facilitator Set includes all the tools you need to lead the half-day classroom workshop, from comprehensive background information and step-by-step instructions to a professional Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, discussion questions, and action planning exercises.

Learning Outcomes

  • Realize the difference between ordinary and extraordinary teamwork
  • Identify a team's ETI profile
  • Understand team member perspectives about performance
  • Pinpoint specific team and individual actions to improve effectiveness
  • Increase team member self-awareness, trust, and commitment to the team

Uses and Applications

  • Rate and discuss the teamwork experience
  • Help teams to understand the dynamics related to their performance
  • Determine if teams are - or are not - equipped to become extraordinary
  • Motivate teams to change behavior
  • Monitor and benchmark team progress

Product Details

Product Type: Training workshop and online assessment

Measures: Five Indicators of Extraordinary Teams

  1. Compelling Purpose
  2. Embracing Difference
  3. Full Engagement
  4. Strengthened Relationships
  5. Profound Learning

Target Audience: Teams at any level

Time Required: Administration: 15 minutes, Interpretation: 1 hour, Workshop: Half day

What do I order?

Starter Kit: Order one kit to train up to 5 participants.
The Extraordinary Teams Starter Kit provides all the tools you need to ensure a successful learning experience. It includes a Facilitator Guide and a 5-Pack of Participant Workbooks.

Facilitator Guide: Order one per trainer.
The Facilitator Guide makes preparation a snap with comprehensive background information, step-by-step half-day workshop guidelines, and a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. The guide also includes sample participant materials. Facilitator support materials will be available to you as a digital download link in your order confirmation.

Print Participant Workbook: Order one per individual or participant.
Designed to support the half-day workshop and used in tandem with the team assessment, the full-color workbook contains the Five Indicators of Extraordinary Teams, interpretive information, discussion questions, action planning, and more.

Online Team Assessment: Order one per individual or participant.
The foundation for the half-day workshop, the Extraordinary Team Inventory (ETI) is administered to team members through the HRDQ Assessment Center portal. A full-color, detailed report is delivered electronically to the facilitator/administrator when complete.

About the Authors

Kathleen D. Ryan has practiced organization development since 1984 and has been identified as an organizational consultant with "an instinct for translating complex human behavior into practical concepts." Her current work focuses on executive coaching and team development.

Kevin E. Coray, Ph.D. is founding partner and president of Coray Gurnitz Consulting in Washington, D.C. His graduate studies in industrial and organizational psychology combined with his experience with using organizational assessments were essential to the collaboration with Ms. Ryan and Mr. Bellman to create Extraordinary Teams.

Geoff M. Bellman has worked with large organizations for 40 years as an internal consultant, manager, and external consultant. His work has focused on renewing large, mature organizations. In recent years, Mr. Bellman has dedicated significant time to community organizations in the Seattle area.