Team development is not an event - it is an ongoing process. Developing a team is primarily an issue of performance management. This will probably be a multi-pronged approach of goal setting, process improvement, role clarification, individual performance management, and basic good management skills.
The Trainer's Versus Manager's Role
We as trainers constantly remind ourselves, and our clients, that team development is the responsibility of the leader of the team. I2i therefore act as a mentor to the team leader encouraging and advising after thorough research, the best vehicle for Team Development. More importantly, we make sure there is an understanding that we can only do our job in the context of the manager doing all the things mentioned above that make team development happen - basic, good management.
The real challenge - the bit where i2i can add real value, is in ensuring a proper context for the event exists, and that it is clear. It's about asking a lot of questions using the i2i Development Cycle, and making really sure the manager is taking actions that put the event in the right framework. "We don't change unless something around us changes. A team development event will come to nothing unless something changes in the way the business functions around the team." It's the manager's job to change something that will drive home in people's minds that nothing is going to be the same again. It is our job to make sure this is going on.
At i2i we are passionate about helping managers make a difference, our approach to team building and team development means that we are part of your team from beginning to end - from design through delivery to follow up and support. You can be assured that if we believe, after our initial research, that such an event is premature in your organisational development cycle, or that there is a more cost effective way of achieving your aims we will tell you right at the start.