Working Better Together: The Great Team Myth

“All teams are groups. Not all groups are teams.”

Why are some teams so successful and others are full of blame, criticism and resentment? The 90s created this great myth about how teams were the holy grail to improve business performance. All of sudden, business units or groups were called teams and the quest was on to create high performance teams. The problem is that not all groups are teams! And that has led to decades of misunderstandings, conflict and lowered performance in groups that are not truly teams.

This program demystifies the difference between a group and a team: what are the unique characteristics of each and what does this mean for working together? What is the key to going from a low performing group or team to a high performing group or team.

Working at making the invisible visible in the world of group dynamics, we will explore the differences between groups and teams.  By understanding what is going on at an intangible level, we can identify why things can go off the rails, even with the best intentions. We will show you the one key area that can turn a dysfunctional group or team into a healthy and vibrant one. We will also explore the different types of management styles that are most appropriate for a group vs. a team.

Armed with this knowledge, you can then develop helpful strategies for improving morale, engagement and performance at work.

The program combines models, self assessments, tips, tools, insights and powerful strategies in order to educate and arm you with the right knowledge and skills.

This workshop is offered within organizations for groups of 5 people or more.

Course duration: 3 hours
Course language: English or French – separate workshops


The program consists of one 3 hour module that can be used as a stand-alone or to launch a “Creating a Healthy & Vibrant Workplace” program that would include working with both people leaders and individuals through a series of half day workshops over a period of a couple of months.  (The time frame allows for real life practice of foundational skills building up to having healthy conversations, giving feedback and managing difficult or sensitive situations.)

Program Topics

•    Is it a team or a group: characteristics that make a difference
•    What are the implications of correctly identifying the difference on your group?
•    The management styles most appropriate for a group and a team.
•    Situational Leadership: what it is and how to use it
•    The Key Area that can make all the difference between a dysfunctional workplace and a healthy & vibrant workplace.
•    Identifying what groups and teams you belong to.
•    How to increase positivity and enhance engagement in the workplace

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this session, you will be able to:

•    Understand the important differences between a group and a team
•    Understand why that makes a difference and be able to see their work in a different light
•    Identify when they are in a group and when they are in team and what that means to them
•    Value their workmates in a different way
•    Generate more positivity in their interactions and relationships
•    Start developing a more human, respectful and fun work environment

For more information on this workshop, please contact:
Sophie Gouédard
Tel: 613-234-2020, ext. 21

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