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Monday, August 3 • 15:45 - 17:00
Diagnosing and Changing Stuck Patterns in Teams (Marsha Acker) POPULAR

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Do you want to be able to “trust the wisdom of the group” but find it difficult? Do you ever feel like you’re having the same conversation over and over again with no real progress? Do you ever feel like you are stuck in a disagreement and not sure how to move forward?
If any of these issues are standing in the way of your work with groups and teams ‐ ‘how’ you are having (or not having) the conversation is likely contributing to your challenges. Research consistently demonstrates that team effectiveness is highly dependent upon the quality of the communication between team members. Yet it’s easy to get into the flow of daily work and be really focused on the ‘what’ in our conversations without much attention to the quality of ‘how’ we’re communicating.
As an agile coach one of the most important ways you can serve your team is to help them unlock the wisdom that exists within the team itself and have the conversations they need to have. We’ll explore a framework for learning to ‘read the room’ using four elements for all face-to-face communication. We’ll do some live practice to apply the framework to a conversation and then identify some typical patterns of “stuck” communications that can lead to “breakdowns” in teams.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn a language for how to ‘read the room’ and describe the structure of what’s happening in conversations
  • Explore the four elements of all face-to-face communications
  • Discuss the benefits of each element and the traps of ‘stuck patterns’
  • Discuss techniques that can be used by facilitators to create more effective conversations

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Marsha Acker

CEO, TeamCatapult
Marsha Acker is a leadership and team coach whose passion and expertise is helping leaders and teams identify and break through stuck patterns that get in their way of high performance. Marsha founded TeamCatapult, a leadership development and organizational change firm, in 2005... Read More →

Monday August 3, 2015 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
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