Designing a Team-Building Program

The goal of any team-building program is to help the team engage in a continual process of self-examination to gain awareness of those conditions that keep it from functioning effectively. In chapter 5, we identified a number of symptoms of unhealthy teams. Having gathered data about such problems, the team must learn how to use those data to make decisions and take actions that will change team context, composition, or competencies in ways that will lead to a growing state of team health. Team building in this sense is an ongoing process, not a one-time activity.

As we noted in chapter 5, team building often begins with a block of time, usually two or three days, during which ...

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