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Creating High-Performance Teams

In this highly interactive session, participants will engage in a series of experiential exercises designed to increase their ability to effectively assess and lead teamwork. Short presentations, individual assessments, small and full group discussions will accelerate learning and application to the real-world setting.

Program Details

In Person: Minneapolis, MN

About This Program

This course will give you the tools and resources to develop high-functioning teams that are vital to your organization’s success. You’ll learn how to create and lead a team that drives business results. Coursework focuses on ways to develop accountability, diplomatically work through conflict, and provide constructive feedback. You’ll learn to fine-tune your observation skills to assess team dynamics and intervene on the spot. The focus will be on developing team agility as the organization faces change and recognizing potential missteps and learning how to avoid them.  


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Program Contact
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  • Emerging to mid-level leaders who are responsible for improving the performance of their company’s employees 
  • Director, supervisor, manager, group leader, or team leader 
  • Anyone responsible for facilitating collaboration or coaching

Key Benefits

  • Identify the characteristics of high-performance teams and their leaders
  • Effectively lead team members from kickoff, through roadblocks, to goal attainment
  • Manage workstyle differences between team members
  • Inspire shared accountability in cross-functional teamwork
  • Productively manage conflict among team members

I recommend this class for leaders at all levels who want to make a difference for their organization, and the people they work with and manage. The content is relevant to all industries and sizes of organizations, and the instructors were very engaging.


Creating High-Performance Teams Overview

Louellen Essex discusses why many teams never achieve their full potential and how this program is designed to equip leaders with the concepts and practice to develop those essential skills.


Day 1
What makes a team high-performing?
Stages of team development
Assessment discussion (completed before session):  Kolbe Index
Reading team dynamics
High-performance team interaction patterns
Facilitation skills
Cross-functional team dynamics, including challenges in advocacy, shared accountability, and negotiation skills
Day 2
Communicating effectively
Challenges in dealing with change
Facilitating problem-solving and decision-making
Leading through conflict and change
Approaches to conflict situations
Day 3
Integrating the assessments, feedback, and learning from days one and two
Coaching triads
Action planning


Louellen Essex
Carlson Executive Educators Network

Louellen Essex is an Educator in the Carlson Executive Educator’s Network at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Dr. Essex focuses on training and organizational development, leadership, communication, team building and conflict resolution. She holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota where she studied administration, psychology, and communication.

Paul Erdahl
Carlson Executive Educator Network

Paul Erdahl is Principal & Founder of Global Talent Strategies, LLC, and an Educator in the Carlson Executive Educator's Network at the Carlson School of Manageme

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