A New Model of Team Performance: Optimizing Team Brain Power for Maximum Results

Yesterday, we hosted a free webinar, A New Model of Team Performance:Optimizing Team Brain Power for Maximum Results, with Kevin J. Sensenig, VP of Learning & Development at Hermann International.

Close to 200 people listened to the webinar live. You may view the archived webinar here.

Here is what some of our participants had to say about the webinar:

“I studied Herrmann Whole Brain concepts back in the late 90s after completing my masters in HRD. So great to be reintroduced to the company and this topic. Teaming and teams running well is still very relevant.”

“Really interesting! It triggered some good ideas to share with my boss for our annual meeting to increase participation.”

“Great training and information. Thank you!”

The webinar began by discussing the different types of teams that most of us encounter. Some examples are:

  • Executive Teams
  • Project Teams
  • Advisory Teams
  • Work Teams
  • Action Teams
  • Virtual Teams

Next was a participant poll.  34% of attendees said they were on 2-3 teams.  31% said they were on 4-5 teams.  Only 11% were on just one team.

So what makes a great team?  Well, that depends what side you are on.  Perspective and ideas weigh heavily when you are part of a team.

There are many components to team success:

  1. Diversity
  2. Agility
  3. Engagement
  4. Focus

Next we discussed the Whole Brain® Model. Basically, we all have the ability to think in a variety of ways. It is a quadrant based model with 4 colors:  blue, yellow, red and green. Each quadrant has several components.

Although someone may prefer certain kinds of thinking over others, everyone has access to all four quadrants. Applying Whole Brain® Thinking means being able to fully leverage one’s own preferences, stretch to other quadrants when necessary, and adapt to and take advantage of the preferences of those around you to improve performance and results.

Whole Brain® Thinking acknowledges that while different tasks require different mental processes, and different people prefer different kinds of thinking, organizations will get better results when they can strategically leverage the full spectrum of thinking available—analytical, organizational, strategic and interpersonal.

Accepting differences and diversity is also key to optimizing team performance.  It is key to focus in how to lead as a team and move forward together.  Pay close attention to both agility and ability.

Another participant poll revealed just how important communication is to successful teams.

So how do you set your business up for success?  Tune in to the webinar and find out.

To fully understand all of the concepts that are mentioned here (as well as many more!) you must watch it yourself. The webinar is just under an hour. It will benefit both you and your teams.

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