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What's the difference between an ordinary team and an extraordinary one? Extraordinary teams can achieve tangible results, but they also do something ordinary teams cannot; they cultivate an exciting, collaborative environment built upon mutual trust, respect, and engagement.

Extraordinary Teams Inventory is not your ordinary team assessment; it's 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 online team version of this assessment requires a subscription to the HRDQ Online Assessment Center.

How It Works

Extraordinary Teams Inventory begins with a 25-item online team assessment that measures the Five Indicators of Extraordinary Teams:

  • Compelling purpose
  • Embracing difference
  • Full engagement
  • Strengthened relationships
  • 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 Inventory Facilitator Guide 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.

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

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop, participants will have the skills to:

  • 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

Product Details

Product Type: Workshop & assessment. The Facilitator Guide serves as an in-depth resource, designed to help trainers swiftly administer the workshop and assessment.

Target Audience: Teams of any level or industry.


The Five Indicators of Extraordinary Teams:

  1. Compelling purpose
  2. Embracing difference
  3. Full engagement
  4. Strengthened relationships
  5. Profound learning

Dimensions: Team building, communication, conflict resolution, and trust building.

Time Required: Assessment: 15 minutes. Interpretation: 1 hour. Workshop: Half-day.

What to Order

Facilitator Guide: Order One Guide 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.

Participant Workbook 5-Pack: Order One Pack for Up to Five Participants.

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 Credit Per Team

The online assessment is administered to participants through the HRDQ Assessment Center and includes personalized reporting, full-color charts, interpretive information, worksheets, and action planning. A detailed report is delivered electronically to the facilitator/administrator when complete. You can administer this assessment to one or more teams in your organization. Purchase one credit for each team you would like to assess. There is no limit to how many team members can take the assessment, but a minimum of three participants is required on each team to generate the group report.

Extraordinary Groups Companion Book: Order One Book Per Trainer.

Used along with the assessment, this companion book is designed to support the half-day workshop. It contains in-depth information about extraordinary teams, interpretive results, discussion questions, The Extraordinary Teams Model, and both team and individual action planning. The workbook also serves as a useful post-training reference tool.

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 a founding partner and president of Coray Gurnitz Consulting in Washington, D.C. His graduate studies in industrial and organizational psychology, combined with his experience using organizational assessments, were essential to the team's collaboration in creating 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.

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