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Extraordinary Teams

By Kathleen Ryan, Kevin Coray, PhD, and Geoffrey Bellman

Extraordinary Teams Team Building Assessment

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This is not your ordinary team assessment.

Extraordinary Teams is the powerful new training solution that will transform your organization's teams from just plain ordinary to extraordinary! Based on the popular book, Extraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results, this combination online team inventory, participant workbook, and half-day workshop offers a thorough examination of team effectiveness. The performance improvement tool starts with an assessment of the Five Indicators of Extraordinary Team Performance followed by in-depth team discussion and developmental action planning.

So what's the difference between an ordinary team and one that's extraordinary?

Of course extraordinary teams have the ability to achieve tangible results. But they also do something ordinary teams cannot: They cultivate an exciting, collaborative environment that's built upon mutual trust, respect, and engagement. As team members, individuals experience a positive personal change—and your organization reaps the benefits of better team performance.

Learning Outcomes

  • Realize the difference between ordinary and extraordinary teamwork
  • Identify a team's ETI Profile
  • Understand team member perspectives about performance
  • Pinpoint specific team and individual actions to improve effectiveness
  • Increase team member self-awareness, trust, and commitment to the team
Free Info Kit Free Theoretical Background

  • How it Works
  • Product Details
  • Getting Started
  • About the Author
  • Free Resources
  • Reviews
  • Also Recommended

What makes Extraordinary Teams so effective?

Most team programs focus solely on group results. But Extraordinary Teams goes a step further with an examination of the team member experience. This dual focus leads to better performance for both the individual and the team as a whole.

How it Works

Extraordinary Teams begins with a 25-item online team assessment that measures the Five Indicators of Extraordinary Teams: Compelling Purpose, Embracing Difference, Full Engagement, Strengthened Relationships, and Profound Learning. The anonymous responses from each team member are combined to create a Team Profile that serves as the basis for the half-day workshop. Teams learn about each of the five dimensions and then make a group decision about whether or not they want to increase their collective capacity to improve the team's effectiveness. The team assessment takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. If you are not conducting the half-day workshop, we recommend you allow an hour for interpretation and group discussion.

In addition to the online team assessment, the Extraordinary Teams Facilitator Set includes all the tools you need to lead the half-day classroom workshop, from comprehensive background information and step-by-step instructions to a professional Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation, discussion questions, and action planning exercises. Trainer certification is not required to administer or facilitate Extraordinary Teams.

Uses and Applications

  • Rate and discuss the teamwork experience
  • Help teams to understand the dynamics related to their performance
  • Determine if teams are—or are not—equipped to become extraordinary
  • Motivate teams to change behavior
  • Monitor and benchmark team progress

The Extraordinary Teams package provides all the tools you need to ensure a successful learning experience, from an online assessment, participant workbook, and action planning exercises to a comprehensive facilitator guide, detailed half-day workshop guidelines, professional Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation, and facilitator support materials.

Includes these special features!

  • Online team assessment with full-color report
  • Identify a team's ETI Profile
  • Comprehensive facilitator guide
  • Participant workbook
  • Half-day workshop
  • Facilitator support materials
  • Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation
  • Sample participant materials
  • Action planning exercises
Target Audience
Teams at any level
Product Type
Training workshop and online assessment
Five indicators of extraordinary teams
  • Compelling Purpose
  • Embracing Difference
  • Full Engagement
  • Strengthened Relationships
  • Profound Learning
Time Required
  • Administration: 15 minutes
  • Interpretation: 1 hour
  • Workshop: Half-day

What to Order

Facilitator Set: Order one per trainer.
The Facilitator Set makes preparation a snap with comprehensive background information, step-by-step half-day workshop guidelines, and a Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation. The set also includes sample participant materials and a flash drive containing facilitator support resources.
Online Team Assessment:
The foundation for the half-day workshop, the Extraordinary Team Inventory (ETI) s administered to team members through the HRDQ Assessment Center portal. A full-color, detailed report is delivered electronically to the facilitator/administrator when complete.
Participant Workbook: Order one per team member.
Designed to support the half-day workshop and used in tandem with the team assessment, the full-color workbook contains the Five Indicators of Extraordinary Teams, interpretive information, discussion questions, action planning, and more.

If you're new to Extraordinary Teams, try QuickStart Training. Personalized, one-on-one telephone coaching gets you up-to-speed quickly. Our subject matter experts will review the product content with you, offer ideas for tailoring it to your specific needs, discuss typical participant questions and reactions, and more.

Kathleen D. Ryan has practiced organization development since 1984 and has been identified as an organizational consultant with "an instinct for translating complex human behavior into practical concepts." Her current work focuses on executive coaching and team development.

Kevin E. Coray, PhD is founding partner and president of Coray Gurnitz Consulting in Washington, D.C. His graduate studies in industrial and organizational psychology combined with his experience with using organizational assessments were essential to the collaboration with Geoff and Kathleen to create Extraordinary Teams.

Geoff M. Bellman has worked with large organizations for forty years as an internal consultant, manager, and external consultant. His work has focused on renewing large, mature organizations. In recent years, Geoff has dedicated significant time to community organizations in the Seattle area.

In a world where team members too often wander, scurry, or plod to their next 'team meeting,' one needs simple reassurance that things might get better, possibly even extraordinary. The Extraordinary Team Inventory fuels that reassurance and serves as both a map to that new place and a North Star for navigation. Leaders would be well-served to invest in these pragmatic, tangible, and optimistic approaches as they focus on great results and personal transformation. Ben Bratt | Co-Founder, The Team Effectiveness Project
The Extraordinary Team Model is essential for today's knowledge based organization. Employees MUST achieve significant gain on-the-job in order to keep up with the increasing demands for outputs that are more than merely incremental. The ETI model incorporates both team excellence and employee transformation and the Extraordinary Team Inventory provides feedback, coaching for the team leaders and behaviors that increase the team's and the team members' likelihood of reaching 'extraordinary.' Debbie Ward | Senior Organization Consultant, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Extraordinary Teams - Facilitator Set
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Extraordinary Teams Inventory - Online Team Assessment
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Extraordinary Teams- Theoretical Background
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