Team Development Redux

tps logo with borderThis blog has been up and running since January, 2011.Initially, it was designed to primarily feature posts related to teams and team development, and that pretty much was the focus, thus e(lectronic)teamjournal.

But we also have a career as a writer, primarily a copywriter and most recently we have taken that road because It’s something in which we are interested and in which we have a modicum of skill.

But we need to revisit our interest in team development, be it with face-to-face teams or virtual teams, and given the growing interest in and use of social media, our experience with helping teams grown may be seen as opportune.

So let’s start with a refresher course about how Team Powered Success (TPS) came about.
TPS helps small groups people to be accountable, set and meet realistic goals, celebrate their progress, and develop into a real performing team.

It is an outgrowth of a program the authors developed to train independent affiliates for a distributor of healthcare products. Most associates joined the company because they used and liked the products. They hoped to find customers to also buy the products and thereby create a residual income. However many associates had little business or sales experience and little know how about setting realistic goals implementing and action steps to meet those goals.

We offered the program to associates nationwide free of charge. We organized the respondents into small, virtual teams. They had access to free conference calls, Team Checklists, and bi-annual meet and greet functions. Several hundred associates learned the fundamentals of team building, goal setting and networking, all designed to help them attract customers and increase their sales.

The steps in TPS are based on the predictable growth stages teams encounter: the Forming stage, the Storming stage, the Norming stage, and the Performing stage as identified and named by B.J. Tuckman. Within TPS, there are specific steps to help a team navigate those sdtages. In future posts, there will be case studies drawn from the authors’ experience that illustrate both successful and less successful teams. In addition, therewill be  materials developed by the authors for managing meetings, setting goals and communicating with poise, clarity, and tact.

More to come.

What’s your biggest challenge with team development?

About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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