Team Effectiveness

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Team Assessments | Business Teamwork Facilitation

Telling a team they need to work together doesn’t make them more effective. New insight and involvement in a guided process does. FireFly has the experience in team assessment and team effectiveness facilitation to boost business teamwork.

FireFly knows that on-going conflict, a silo mentality, and lack of trust are signs of a dysfunctional team, dragging an organization down and keeping a business from reaching new heights. Experienced team facilitator Kimberly Douglas has seen it all before, though she knows that each team brings unique challenges. So she tailors a team effectiveness program to fit the team, including.
  

Needs Assessment & Early Involvement

 Confidential interviews with each team member to understand current team dynamics and shape the agenda

Team
Assessment

Incorporating appropriate assessment tools to profile and work through different communication and thinking styles

Facilitating Team Effectiveness

Working through challenges, finding common ground, aligning expectations, building trust and accountability, and establishing measures to assess progress 

Challenged with team dysfunction? Look to the bright side with FireFly. We facilitate business teamwork so you can facilitate business.

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"Kimberly gives groups a vocabulary for understanding commonalities and differences, and a context for learning how to use them to solve problems, communicate and discover. She creates learning that is meaningful both for groups and their individual members."
Shirley Powell
SVP, Corporate Communications, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

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By Kimberly Douglas 31 Aug, 2016

The Grammy-award winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra wows crowds around the world with virtuoso performances of Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, and Mozart. Garnering prestigious awards (a Grammy in 2001) and accolades (Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year” in 1998), the New York based orchestra fills the world’s finest concert halls with adoring audiences and the some of the sweetest sounds on earth.

Astonishingly, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has no conductor! Its 28 members alternate roles and share responsibilities. From guiding rehearsals to interpreting selections, leadership of the group rotates among its musicians.

Thinking about the unusual structure of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra sparked ideas in my mind about the nature of leading teams.

1) Being a leader doesn’t mean that we always have to pick the tune, set the pace, and assign the parts.

In a conductor-less organization, in which leadership and authority are dispersed throughout, creativity abounds. Each member has the freedom to contribute his or her unique talents for the benefit of all. On the contrary, the combined creativity of an organization is blocked when a single leader hoards authority.

2) In the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, no one has a back to the crowd.

Absent of the human barrier, the audience is invited into the midst of the orchestra and can share a more intimate connection with its music. Conversely, an organization with power concentrated too heavily at the top can easily lose sight of its customers. Generally, the most senior leaders have the least frontline interaction with customers. If we, as leaders, don’t make room for the instincts and input of people throughout our teams, then we’ll gradually blind ourselves to the needs of the clients we’re trying to serve.

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The Firefly Effect (Wiley) will change how you look at team effectiveness, manage conflict and harness creativity to improve business teamwork in your organization. Author Kimberly Douglas, SHRM-SCP, CPF observes that “a lone firefly—like the lone genius—does not ignite the imagination of others. It takes the brilliant light of many to truly spark innovation.” Learn how to apply proven tools and techniques that have already generated real results for teams across North America in such organizations as Rock-Tenn, Habitat for Humanity and 
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"At a time when everyone is looking for an extra something to win in the market, The Firefly Effect provides that practical spark that teams need. Kimberly's passion and practicality come through in a highly usable guide to creating effective teams."
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