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Effective Team Building

Date:   Feb 19, 2019 - Feb 19, 2019
Time:   8:30 AM (MST)
Location:   SCMA Classroom
100 - 10525 170 St NW
Edmonton, AB

CPD: 5 Points

Price: $425 Member, $495 Non-member

Course Overview:

All teams are groups but not all groups become teams

High performance teams deliver amazing results – But, it takes serious effort to move from a group to a team.  One of the key factors research identifies as critical to this transition is an effective leader, empowered by a knowledge of how to structure and plan the work to encourage rapid team building.  The good news is that the skills of an effective team leader can be learned.

In this course, we explore what it takes for a group to become a team.  By exploring the team development life cycle and what both the leader and the team has to accomplish in each stage, we explore the work that needs to be done to build a team.    Then we turn our attention to how the leader can encourage and facilitate this transition. By tying the important team development work directly to the work that the team is tasked with, we examine a highly effective and efficient way to build high performance teams.

Participants will:

  • Learn when a task or project requires a team
  • Review the team development life cycle
  • Understand the importance of fun work and strong personal relations in teams
  • Investigate effective team member and leader behaviors at each stage of team development
  • Explore how to plan work to move groups rapidly through the team development activities

This course will be useful for any manager, team lead, or project manager who must mold a group of people into a team to accomplish an important goal.

About the Instructor: Janice Thomas, Phd, MBA, BSc

Janice Thomas is a world leading scholar and consultant on effective management and governance of complex organizational projects.  She earned her PhD in Organizational Analysis from the University of Alberta. She is Professor of Organizational Analysis and Project Management, and Department Chair for Organizational Analysis, in the Faculty of Business, at Athabasca University, Canada. 

Janice has over 30 years of management, consulting, planning, research, and academic experience in both the public and private sector.  She is in demand as a speaker and teacher in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America, and has published 4 books and over 100 book chapters, journal publications and conference papers. 

She has provided leadership development and project management training to:

  • public sector organizations (Canadian and US municipal, provincial and federal governments;
  • large corporations (Husky, PetroCanada, Volvo, Sun Microsystems, and IBM),
  • much smaller organizations (research and development, IT and BIoTech Startups, Engineering Consulting and Manufacturing companies); and,
  • professional associations (PMI, APEGA, BCPEG, CIHL). 

Janice is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her contribution to the field of project management.

  • In 2006, she was identified by PMNetwork as one of the 25 most influential women in project management in the world. 
  • She co-led the largest PMI funded project management research project ($3M 48 academic strong team), Researching the Value of Project Management, completed in 2008. 
  • In 2010, she was recognized by the Project Management Institute for her research contributions to the project management body of knowledge. 
  • In 2014, she was recognized by the International Project Management Association for her research exploring project management as a management innovation.


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