Creating Team Synergy

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The HRDQ Development Team created this series of one-day team synergy training programs aimed at developing core business skills at all levels of organizations.

Team synergy is a phenomenon that occurs when a team achieves greater results than each individual's performance. Winning sports teams, well-rehearsed orchestras, and synchronized surgical units all know the meaning. And with Creating Team Synergy, you can help your teams experience it too. This fast-paced, action-oriented program shows participants how teams evolve through five stages of team effectiveness, from immature to synergistic. Teams leave the session knowing their current level of development - and have a plan for reaching maximum performance.

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How It Works

Creating Team Synergy gives participants a well-rounded learning experience, balancing facilitator instruction with private reflection and group interaction. Through the combination of two HRDQ learning instruments, two hands-on games, an adventure simulation, and small-group activities, participants learn more about themselves as team members and how effectively their team functions.

Have you ever witnessed a winning sports team, a well-rehearsed orchestra, or a synchronized surgical unit and felt the commitment and energy the team demonstrated? What you saw was more than just teamwork — it was team synergy, a phenomenon that occurs when a team achieves greater results than the sum of its parts.

Give your team the opportunity to experience that phenomenon with Creating Team Synergy. A complete one-day program, Creating Team Synergy focuses on 5 key issues that hinder team effectiveness.

Using experiential tools that include learning instruments, hands-on activities, and an interactive team simulation, teams gain a clearer sense of direction, clarify roles and responsibilities, improve operating processes, and bolster both interpersonal and interteam relationships.

Learning Outcomes

  • Pinpoint the team's current level of development
  • Understand team roles and operating procedures
  • Recognize team member communication styles
  • Identify blockages to high performance
  • Explore five factors to help achieve synergistic performance
  • Define criteria for direction setting

Uses and Applications

Creating Team Synergy is appropriate for intact groups or teams at all levels. The program’s flexible training design allows facilitators to present Creating Team Synergy in one day or 2 half-days, or combine the program with other training sessions to create an expanded learning experience.

With its range of learning tools, Creating Team Synergy is based on a variety of theories, including interteam and relationship theory as well personality style theory. The program shows the influences of Richard Beckhard, Carl Jung, William Marston, and others.

Product Details

Audience: Team members and team leaders

Program Length: 1 day or 2 half days

Additional Resources: Download the Program Outline

What do I order?

To get started, order one Facilitator Kit per trainer and one Participant Guide per participant. Participant Guides are sold separately. For larger groups, order additional Participant Guides and facilitator support materials.

Facilitator Kit includes:

  • Facilitator Guide
  • Reusable facilitator support materials to train up to 18 participants at one time
  • Tote bag

  Facilitator Guide includes:

  • Administrative guidelines
  • Theoretical background
  • 2 learning instruments
  • 2 games
  • Adventure simulation
  • Activities
  • Experiential learning/training methodology
  • Training design options
  • Blank training outline
  • Participant Guide content (incorporated into Facilitator Guide)
  • CD-ROM containing Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation and reproducible masters, including Certificate of Achievement, Training Evaluation, as well as activity card and overhead transparency masters

  Participant Guide includes:

  • 2 learning instruments
  • Adventure simulation
  • Activities
  • Pressure-sensitive response form
  • Interpretation of instrument results
  • Self-reflection questions
  • Action planning

About the Authors

The HRDQ Development Team creates soft-skills learning solutions that help to improve the performance of individuals, teams, and organizations. At HRDQ, we believe an experiential approach is the best catalyst for adult learning. Our unique Experiential Learning Model has been the core of what we do for more than 40 years. Combining the best of organizational learning theory and proven facilitation methods with an appreciation for adult learning styles, our philosophy initiates and inspires lasting change.