Connect For Success: Team Building

The Rationale for Connect for Success

The most effective organizations and teams are those with the most diverse membership and whose overall and individual performance reflects that diversity.  But while diversity leads to excellence, people naturally gravitate toward those most like them, and knowingly or unknowingly avoid the tension and discomfort associated with those who force you out of your “comfort zone.”  For most people, the greatest obstacle to optimizing their performance is not talent, but rather the ability to include and collaborate with those who are most different.

Connect for Success Workshop

Connect for Success is an experiential workshop that focuses on developing two interpersonal skill-sets foundational to a collaborative effectiveness:

  1. The ability to connect with people across the full spectrum of personality style, even under stress
  2. The ability to attract and leverage the most diverse range of style and perspective into leadership and work teams

Agenda

  1. This highly engaging and interactive workshop kicks off with Connecting Style self-assessment exercises that provide participants with
    • an awareness of which of four Connecting Styles best describes them, the strengths and blind spots of their style
    • how they are likely to come across from the perspective of the other three styles, and
    • how to assess Connecting Style in others (see Connect For Success or Handbook For Early Career Success for a full description).
  2. We follow-up with powerful exercises through which participants, working in same-style and later mixed-style groups, learn:
    • to more effectively connect with and influence people across all styles – especially those whose styles are most likely to annoy or frustrate them.
    • to tap into the power of style differences by leveraging the contributions of opposite-style colleagues.
    • to more readily play those critical roles that are normally uncomfortable.
    • how people of each style respond under stress and how to respond to calm things down
    • to engage and influence others with maximum intended impact.
  3. Participants set one or two development goals that will positively impact their collaborative effectiveness.  They put their plans into action in mixed style team games and activities, observe themselves, and give each other feedback.
  4. Participants leave with development plan and follow-up commitment to a partner.

Benefits

Participants leave better prepared to meet the interpersonal challenges they face on a daily basis. These include:

  1. Forming strong, trusting, relationships with peers, supervisors, and clients.
  2. Working collaboratively across all styles and cultures
  3. Constructively receiving and giving feedback
  4. Responding with resilience to the unavoidable barriers, speed bumps and frustrations we all experience
  5. Accurately assessing the impact of one’s behavior and style on others
  6. Networking and promoting themselves
  7. Leveraging the collective IQ of those around them. They more aware of and accepting of our limitations and blind spots the quicker we are to self correct, seek help, and surround ourselves with people whose strengths are our weaknesses.