One way to learn about team building in other schools and organizations is to listen to respected colleagues in your district or nearby region talk about their team-building process. Another strategy is to to obtain key video resources on effective teamwork. These videos most often use examples from the private sector. However, the principles and strategies featured in these videotapes are adaptable to team building in schools and in organizations serving children and families:
Building High Performance Teams illustrates four stages of evolution for effective teams and shows how teams communicate, make decisions, resolve conflicts, and relate to formal and informal leaders. This one-hour video features team-building expert Dr. Ken Blanchard.
Contact the Video Publishing House, Inc., Schaumburg, Illinois.
Keeping Teams Together is a 23-minute videotape that shows how to focus the energies of groups on a common goal and achieve positive results. It illustrates how team leaders can enhance performance, increase productivity, and improve a group's ability to solve problems and make decisions.
Contact Great Performance, Inc., Beaverton, Oregon.
In Search of Excellence, a videotape based on the best-selling book of the same name by Tom Peters and Bob Waterman, is an excellent resource. Tom Peters guides viewers behind the scenes at successful organizations, including the following:
This 90-minute videotape is available from the Video Publishing House, Inc., Schaumburg, Illinois.
The Leadership Alliance with Tom Peters investigates how outstanding leaders run their businesses. This 64-minute videotape discusses management innovations and how to empower people, create work teams, delegate responsibility, and redefine management attitudes.
Contact United Training Media, Niles, Illinois.
Empowering Others, part I in the Empowerment-Partnership Series, is a 28-minute videotape that shows managers how to use coworkers' strengths and interests, create a significant vision, delegate authority and decisionmaking, etc. It discusses ways that leaders can encourage risk taking and how to develop structures that promote ongoing team building.
Contact Excellence in Training Corporation, Des Moines, Iowa.