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Forming: Set Up for Success

Understand how trust and intimacy can make the difference between a working group and a high performing team

Extraordinary Teams
Case Studies

The Capability Gap

Trust sits at the foundation of all high performing teams. Without trust, it is impossible to collaborate, resolve conflict or deliver results. Yet trust is a complex, dynamic part of relationships, which can take time to build and a moment to break.

Many teams struggle with disconnection – lacking the trust and understanding of each other they need in order to truly perform together. 

To start the journey from a working group to high performance, teams must first invest in getting to know each other, their strengths, motivations and values, in order to create an unbreakable team spirit and lay the foundation for all future success.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the difference between a working group and a high performing team

  • Develop a deeper understanding of colleagues, personally and professionally

  • Explore the levers for increased levels of trust

  • Create greater psychological safety within the team

  • Assess team current reality on 5 dysfunctions

Workshop Format

Delivery tailored to participant level

Delivery tailored to participant level

Length of session

90 mins – 3.5 hours

In person or virtual

In person or virtual

Number of participants

25 participants

Indicative Workshop Content

Will it make the boat go faster? (Hunt-Davis & Beveridge)

Trust Equation (Maister, Green & Galford)

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Lencioni)

Psychological Safety

Radical Candor (Scott)

Unforgettable Learning Experiences

Who Am I?

Knowing ourselves and others
This exercise opens participants to the opportunities of meaningful relationships. 

When distraction is all around us, the opportunity to focus on connecting with our peers and colleagues is as rare as it is essential

This encourages participants towards active listening, authentic sharing and the power of being present 

River of Life

Sharing the journey so far
Reflect on the landscape of life and layers of experience which shape it.

A method from our theatre heritage, the River of Life asks participants to explore and share the journey that has brought them to the present day, highlighting the significant moments, people, places and things that make them who they are.

The River of Life shows the journey we as individuals have been on to get to where we are, and indeed where we are going. Sharing this builds trust and intimacy amongst team members.

Show and Tell

Building empathy and understanding
The power of a personal object, providing a catalyst and a space to a conversation that everyday working life wouldn't allow.

New discoveries are made about each other. This allows the group an insight into each others lives and supports building empathy and understanding within a team.