Course Code: btw
Only by understanding teams fully and completely will you be able to create an outstanding team that works effectively and with high energy. In our first lesson, you'll learn the characteristics of teams, the ways they can transform your workplace, and how to deal with resistance. Then learn the different kinds of teams and the optimal number of members, and discuss how to choose participants and clarify everyone's roles and responsibilities.
Learn all the stages that teams go through and how to move successfully through each one. We'll also discuss the importance of creating a strong charter that will guide your team in accomplishing its goals. Then find out what your specific leadership qualities are, and learn how to develop the two areas of leadership responsibility: designing and coaching.
Measure your affinity for working with a team and learn how to develop strong relationships. Then learn how to avoid the types of meetings that no one wants to attend by understanding the ground rules. We'll also talk about the problems that derail meetings from their full potential.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to communicate in a team setting as well as different techniques your team can use to make the best decisions possible and solve problems effectively. Your team's job is to deliver the project on time, within budget, and working well when it's first put into place. We'll talk about how you can create this plan, and share it with stakeholders.
Discover what virtual teams are, what technology they use, and how teammates can work well in this environment. Then, learn how to deal with common team obstacles, including the bandwagon effect, the Abilene Paradox, core group domination, and escalation of commitment.
Take a look at what conflict is, how it comes about, how to handle it, and how it can actually benefit your team. And finally, we’ll discuss the best way is to assess your team's progress and use different methods to realign when necessary.
As a professor at two colleges for over 14 years, Vivian Harte taught students how to build and maintain successful teams. In the workplace, she helped teams create a city's strategic energy plan, write a state's recycling manual, organize and facilitate educational conferences for recycling coordinators, and make recommendations for improving college policies for faculty members. But perhaps her favorite work is interacting with students online to help them build the kind of teams that make a difference in workplaces across the country.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional material requirements:
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Great course. It will help me now and in the future. I liked the interaction with the instructor and classmates. It was very helpful for my non-profit work."
I am a group leader in a warehouse environment. I took this course because the people in my department are so diverse in personality, work ethic, attitude etc. I would like to see us become more of a team, all working to get the job done efficiently and correctly. I wanted you to know that even though your lessons seemed directed toward office personnel, I found myself trying to find ways to use the information here, out on the floor with the crew I have. The course has also helped me in evaluating my way of delegating the work and trusting the people to accomplish what I give them. I'm looking forward to other courses."
Thanks so much for the insight. This course made me re-evaluate how many teams that I am on work together. I have noticed the different personalities there are within in a team and also how they affect each team member. The hardest part of being on a team is dealing with the range of personalities and those that you conflict with."
Thank you for making this course easy to understand. I will be well armed in my future with the teams that I will be on. From charters to conflict, I have it covered. The most important thing that I have learned is to stay on track and do the best to get the task accomplished in a timely manner. Thank you again."
This was a very useful course for me. Although I was familiar with a lot of the material, putting it all together in this format was very valuable."
Vivian, Thank you for an informative, well organized, and very enjoyable class. I will be recommending this course to my administration, and to my colleagues in teaching. Although I am past most of my formal team participation, I found your course very useful for more fully implementing the team concept in my classroom. This was a true growth experience - my first online course - the successful experience with you and our class has motivated me to consider more online work. I have already enrolled in a new course."