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Team Development Training: How to build a Cohesive and High-Performing Team

By Anthony Taylor - February 27, 2023

SME Strategy is a strategy consulting firm that specializes in helping organizations align their teams and operations around a shared vision, mission, values, goals, and action plans. Our strategicplanning services offer guidance on how a strategic planning facilitator can provide support in constructing an effective strategicplan that ensures your strategy is communicated and implemented across your entire organization.


The world of work has been transformed over the last few years, with unprecedented changes and challenges that have forced organizations to rethink their strategies and priorities. In 2023, the competition for talent is fiercer than ever, and if you run a large organization, this is a war that you do not want to lose. In a report by the Work Institute, employee turnover cost US companies $600 billion in 2018, and over 47 million US workers quit their jobs in 2021 alone, 34% more than 2020 and 13% more than 2019.

As a CEO of a large organization, you know first-hand the pressure to adapt and evolve in the face of constant change. From the global pandemic to supply chain disruptions, inflation, social initiatives, labor shortages, and the changing nature of work, it can be difficult to keep up. And as a result, the role of the CEO has changed too.

You must be ready to deal with novel scenarios, such as remote work and the great resignation, without any historical playbook to draw from. But the key to success in this new landscape is team development training.

By investing in your management team and providing them with the skills they need to be agile and strategic, you can build a plan that cascades down through your organization and positions you for success, no matter what challenges come your way. 

In this blog, we'll explore the importance of team development training for management teams of large organizations struggling with strategy execution, and how it can help you thrive in this ever-changing world of work.





" The business changes. The technology changes. The team changes. The team members change. The problem isn't change, per se, because change is going to happen; the problem, rather, is the inability to cope with change when it comes. "

- Kent Beck


Why is Team Development Training Important and how does it help with high-performing teams:


" Is developing a high-performing team only about selecting the right team members, or does leadership style also play a role? If both are important, who do you Hire or fire,  and what do you do to motivate them to achieve the desired optimal performance in relation to your organization's overall strategic goals?"


As a CEO, you know that building a high performing team is critical to your organization's success. But it's not just about individual performance - a cohesive and well-connected team can achieve so much more than a group of individuals working independently.

That's why investing in Team Development Training is essential. It's not just about learning new skills and techniques; it's about creating a culture of trust, openness, and collaboration.

Through Team Development Training, your team members can develop a deeper understanding of each other's strengths and communication styles. This helps them work together more effectively, solve problems more efficiently, and achieve shared goals more easily.

But it's not just about work. Team Development Training can also help your team members build personal connections with each other. When they feel comfortable sharing their ideas and opinions, they're more likely to bond over shared interests and experiences. This, in turn, creates a more positive work environment where everyone feels supported and valued.


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How do you know if you have a High Performing team? 

How do you know if your team is already a high-performing one? One clear sign is the absence of common problems such as micro-management, irregular communication, lack of accountability, or missed milestones. Our 13 years of experience in working with organizations have shown that the root cause of these problems is often a lack of team alignment and clarity. Without alignment, no amount of employee training can lead to a high-performing team. In a high-performing team, every team member would understand the organization's strategic goals clearly. Unfortunately, most organizations struggle with this, leading to the "multiple destination trap," where team members are rowing in different directions, hampering the team's effectiveness. 
Before you are able to bring about change to the performance levels of your teams, you need to be able to asses the current state of your strategic alignment


How do I do Team Development Training if my team is too busy working on my business: 

As a CEO of a busy organization, finding time for team development training can be challenging. However, investing in your team's development is crucial for the success and growth of your organization. Communicate the importance of team development to your leadership team and employees and tailor your training programs to meet the specific needs of your team. A blended learning approach that combines online and in-person training provides flexibility and collaboration opportunities. Balancing strategic work and daily operations is crucial, and working with specialized strategic planning consultants and coaches can guide you through the strategic planning process while ensuring accountability and expertise. Regular feedback and evaluation help to continuously improve the program and meet the evolving needs of your team and organization. Remember, prioritizing team development is an investment in the future success of your organization, and the cost of not investing can be high.


Team Development Training, What's it like?

Our Team Development Training program at SME Strategy provides leaders and teams with a theoretical framework to understand and address the various stages of team development, such as forming, storming, norming, and performing. By implementing practical tools such as team charters alongside this theoretical framework, leaders and teams can be empowered to work more effectively through conflict and improve their group performance.


What you get in this Management Training Program:

Our Management training program is a series of modules delivered by our team to help your team execute its strategic plan.

Our Team development training is specifically for leadership teams like yours.

Our program is a 
2- hour workshop within a year's worth of strategy implementation services. Our strategy facilitators work with your leadership team to assess your current phase of team development and identify the phases of development the teams you lead might be in.

We share tangible tips for how to provide leadership to groups in different phases, and what groups can consider implementing to continue their momentum towards the performance phase. By working together to develop a team agreement in the session, your leaders will be equipped to carry out this exercise with the teams they lead on an ongoing basis.

By developing a workplace with high-performance teams who are committed to collaboration and development, your organization will be better positioned to execute your strategic plan and move toward your desired future.

Without careful attention to team development, strategy implementation may not move past the executive leadership team. By completing our Team Development Training alongside our Implementation Modules, leaders and their teams will strengthen their overall capacity for strategy execution.



To be able to cope with the rate of change in the world, your organization needs to invest in its employees. 

We understand the importance of strategic planning and execution for achieving organizational success. That's why our Team Development Training program is designed to equip your leadership teams with the skills and tools needed to enhance group performance and collaboration, while also ensuring effective strategic planning execution.

Our strategic planning facilitators will work closely with your teams to develop a deeper understanding of the phases of team development, enabling them to continually improve their skills in critical areas such as project management, values and behavior alignment, change management, and communication. 

Additionally, our quarterly strategy reviews are an excellent way to stay on top of your organization's progress, make necessary adjustments, and maximize what is working while addressing any areas of weakness. This approach ensures that your team is constantly aligned with your organization's objectives and executing your strategic plan effectively.

Investing in team development is an investment in your organization's productivity, engagement, and overall success. With our Team Development Training program, you can achieve better results and take your team's performance to the next level. If you're interested in learning more about how we can help you with strategic planning execution, we invite you to book a consultation call with us today.


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