When the superintendent of the Greater Clark County School System called Magnovo to see about a team building retreat, we were pretty sure we could help. About 30 participants were expected at this annual event. The school district executives, department heads, and other administrators already worked pretty well together and had for a long time. But it was felt that the group would benefit from a chance to reconnect and recharge, as a whole. Our Team Synergy™ workshop was the perfect opportunity to do just that.
A Customized Solution for Educators
We met these educators on the campus of nearby Franklin College, in Franklin, IN. They had already been reading Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions of a Team as preparation for the workshop. This was at the request of the superintendent, who had wanted to work this book discussion into the Team Synergy™ program. We were only too happy to oblige.
Our customized workshop incorporated key elements of the book. In addition to activities that emphasized building stronger communication skills to make collaboration stronger and more productive, we explored topics like trust, accountability, conflict, and commitment. Participants moved through a workshop that started out by assessing typical workplace experiences. Then, we identified key issues and elements that affected the cohesiveness of the group. And finally, we helped the everyone develop a workable plan for ongoing improvement.
More than just a day out of the office, Team Synergy™ workshop activities are fun and highly interactive. Participants get opportunities for hands-on practice of new techniques and tools. At this workshop, we also built in a chance for folks to talk about The Five Dysfunctions of a Team book.
Making Positive Changes in Jeffersonville, IN
All of the participants readily and willingly participated in all of the Team Synergy™ workshop activities. This was definitely a group where everyone wanted to be there and wanted to improve their workplace. There was a lot of high energy in the room, and several participants remarked at how much fun they were having. One person even let us know that he hadn’t had that much fun learning in a long time!
By the end of the day, these educators and administrators had gained several practical skills and tools for stronger collaboration and better communication. Hands-on activities gave folks the chance to practice and really build on what they learned. Our facilitator guided honest conversations about resolving conflict. The group also discussed personality types and related variations in communication styles, and how each of them contributes to a well-rounded workplace.