Team Development Course Description

Stress Mastery
Building Effective Teams
Square Wheels and The Search for the Last Dutchman's Gold Mine
How to Have Energy at the End of the Day
MediHumorcine: or "Humor in Medicine"
TeamPlay: Developing Teams and Building Team Spirit
Peak Performance Challenge Course
We Building
Diversity University
Mad Now Disease
FISHing to make your team great!
Team Creativity: Sparkling Fountains or Stagnant Pools?


Stress Mastery

Days:(1 + follow up coaching)

Ellen Stevenson, facilitator

Many managers and employees experience symptoms of distress including illness, disrupted sleep patterns and reduced performance. The pressures of constant change and a demanding work environment have put a strain on many employees' ability to cope. The more change in our lives and the greater the changes, the more distress we experience. No two people are exactly alike, and neither is their stress or the way they respond to it. To better manage stress, you first need to identify your stress sources and your personal responses to them. Then you can develop new strategies for enhancing personal health and overall performance. Stress Mastery, featuring Essi Systems' StressMap®, is designed to help participants learn skills to better cope with the changes and pressures at work and at home.

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Building Effective Teams
Days:(2)

Sonny Epps, facilitator

Bringing together the knowledge, skills and perspectives of a wide range of people calls for figuring out team roles and relationships, making collaborative decisions, giving constructive feedback and dealing with conflict. Effectively focused and equipped teams can unlock creativity, talent and experience for generating original solutions to difficult challenges. Optimize your team's performance and renew their energy and commitment by refreshing your communication, collaboration and conflict resolution skills in this fun and practical workshop.

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Square Wheels and The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine
Days:(1)

Scott Simmerman, Ph.D., facilitator

This two-part program is memorable, engaging, challenging, collaborative and fun. It starts with Scott's internationally acclaimed Square Wheels® illustrations accomplishing the goals of generating participative involvement in organizational improvement by focusing on problem solving and facilitation skills. Participants create shared goals and visions and then learn simple tools and frameworks to improve communications and shared focus. The second half of the session uses Scott's team building simulation to demonstrate the impact of improved interdepartmental and intrateam collaboration and clearly illustrates ideas for team motivation and leadership. The debriefings of each part will be targeted to the specific desired outcomes for the group.

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How to Have Energy at the End of the Day
Days:(1/2)

Marianne Frederick, RPT, MHSA, facilitator

Laugh out loud as you learn how humor can improve productivity by impacting attitude, fatigue levels, health awareness and motivation. Participants will discuss the three benefits of integrating humor, laughter and a playful spirit into the workplace, and identify five ways to appropriately decrease the tension and fatigue impacted by desk work, keyboarding and other work activities. Participants then create an action plan to utilize positive attitudes, praise and play to improve morale, motivation and productivity.

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MediHumorcine: or 'Humor in Medicine'
Days:(1/2)

Marianne Frederick, RPT, MHSA, facilitator

Learn appropriate use of a play-filled attitude in healthcare to regain balance, enhance communication and rebound from the stress of care giving. Participants will discuss four ways that humor helps to improve communication and manage healthcare changes more effectively, and create an action plan to deal with the stress of care giving that includes finding more creativity and humor in healthcare.

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TeamPlay: Developing Teams and Building Team Spirit
Days:(1)

Marianne Frederick, RPT, MHSA, facilitator

Learn how to help your team discover each other's natural talents, appreciate differences and similarities and get revitalized with team spirit-building communication activities (no ropes required). Participants will take away practical tips, resources and participate in a Diversity Game and Big Five Locator to learn how to facilitate the process when they return to their own organizations.

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Peak Performance Challenge Course
Days:(1)

Kim Keefer, facilitator

Leaders today are challenged to develop within their organizations the kind of teamwork that fosters innovative problem solving and enhances productivity. Spend a day outside at Furman and experience the Peak Performance outdoor adventure challenge course. Peak Performance is a sequence of increasingly complex and challenging activities designed to increase individual and group knowledge. By exposing issues such as control, communication, conflict, authority and individual listening skills in a non-judgmental way, Peak Performance allows team members to identify the barriers that inhibit performance and to explore solutions that enhance productivity by challenging them mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Partial- and full-day programs are available and can be custom designed to meet your group's specific needs.

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We Building
Days:(1/2)

Greg Blake, facilitator

"Tools, Tips & Techniques for High Performing Teams"

  • Team mission, vision and values statement
  • Bleeding vs. hemorrhaging
  • Recognizing the purpose and value in forming a team
  • Using the diversity of each team member to the team's advantage
  • Team development profile
  • Strength and undeveloped strengths of each player
  • Challenges, exciting, what would I do if I were the leader-exercise
  • The bug report feedback tool
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Diversity University
Days:(1/2)

Greg Blake, facilitator

"Celebrating the Specialties and Talents of the Team Players"
  • Definition of Diversity
  • Tolerance scale from appreciate to appalling-exercise
  • 5 principles for appreciating others
  • Prejudice and pre-judging
  • The more stressing of differences the greater the tendency for polarization
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Mad Now Disease
Days:(1/2)

Greg Blake, facilitator

"Dealing with conflict and anger on the team and in the workplace"

  • Recognize behaviors and attitudes that can lead to conflict
  • Recognize preferred personal conflict strategy
  • Apply the most effective conflict resolution strategy based on the situation at hand
  • Conflict intervention by using collaboration formula
  • P.E.A.C.E. negotiation
  • Handing rage and anger in the workplace
  • Collaboration vs. combativeness
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FISHing to make your team great!
Days:(1)

Sonny Epps, facilitator

This highly interactive workshop will demonstrate how common core values can make your team great no matter where you are or what you do.  We will begin this session by discovering as a group the philosophy of work that transformed Seattle's world famous Pike Place Fish Market from ordinary to great.  Then we will explore how that same "FISH!" philosophy can empower your team to become more energized and productive.  In addition, we'll go one step further to examine and celebrate the skills, values and principles that make your team unique.  We'll show you how to engage and empower your staff to stay truly connected to their work, their colleagues and their customers. 

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Team Creativity: Sparkling Fountains or Stagnant Pools?
Days:(1/2)

Kathy Kegley, Ph.D., facilitator

Are your teams overflowing with new ideas or are they in need of a refresher on best practices for team creativity?  This workshop will help teams understand how to recognize, value and embrace the mental diversity that is essential for productive idea generation, important success factors for team-based idea generation will be covered including the development of a nurturing climate for new ideas, active searching for positive possibilities, and the value of collaborative idea ownership.  A toolkit of team based idea generation techniques will be provided.  By the conclusion of the workshop, a customized plan for idea generation based on team members' preferences and personalities will be developed.  A follow-up session is available for additional coaching and fine-tuning the team's idea generation plan as needed.  

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