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Building Teams That Work

Teams are becoming a staple in today's workplace. In this course, you'll learn the components of a successful team and the stages of its development. You'll master the skills you'll need to effectively manage projects, make decisions, and solve problems in a team setting. Plus, you'll have a chance to learn the pitfalls of unhealthy group interaction and minimize any of its effects on your team. 

Along the way, you'll follow real-life examples and scenarios to help you identify with the team-building process. There's a lot more to it than just getting a number of people together in a room at the same time. Are you eager to develop your leadership qualities and be a quality team participant? Many of today's teams rotate leadership roles, so it's crucial to understand both perspectives as you learn the best ways to communicate and work together for positive change.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Course Code: btw

What You Will Learn
  • Learn the components of a successful team and the stages of its development
  • Master the skills you'll need to effectively manage projects, make decisions, and solve problems in a team setting
  • Learn the pitfalls of unhealthy group interaction and minimize any of its effects on your team
  • Learn the best ways to communicate and work together for positive change
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • Courses begin each month
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Follow real-life examples and scenarios to help you identify with the team-building process
  • Develop your leadership qualities and be a quality team participant
  • Become an indispensable part of any organization as you learn to effectively lead or contribute to team projects

Outline

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Week 1

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.

Week 2

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.

Week 3

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.

Week 4

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.

Week 5

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.

Week 6

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.

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Instructors & Support

Vivian Harte

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.

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Instructional material requirements: 

  • The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

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.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

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.

What if I need an extension?

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.

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