We invite you to complete the 5-10 minute pre-course survey by 5pm EST on Thursday, July 20th so that your trainers may gain a better understanding of your training needs and prior experience.
To help you prepare for the course, please read each of the following articles before arriving. You will have the opportunity to discuss and practice these skills in depth during the course.
- Managing Meetings to Drive Progress by Rachelle Jacobson, TeamSTAR Project
Today’s work environment is dominated by meetings. Ineffective meetings can leave participants feeling drained and “distracted from the real work” they need to accomplish. However, when managed effectively, meetings are a powerful tool for advancing the team’s work agenda and driving the achievement of shared objectives. This article offers tips for planning, setting the proper meeting tone, managing the flow of the meeting, and building on and linking meetings together as part of a larger work agenda to accomplish team objectives.
- Team Decision Making – The Gradients of Agreement by Steve Joyce, TeamSTAR
Project Decision making can be a big challenge with any team. Even under the best of circumstances – when there is commitment to mission, shared values, and good intent – working together and making collective decisions takes more time and effort, especially when consensus is required. The Gradients of Agreement provide team members with a wider choice of vocabulary to indicate their level of support for a proposal, helping teams better describe their thinking and feelings about a proposal and gauge support quickly and with less ambivalence and tension. This article describes the Gradients of Agreement and offers suggestions for using the tool.