Presented by Associate Professor Julien Pollack, Project Management Program.
The demands placed on project teams are very high. A project will rarely be successful if the team of people responsible for delivery cannot work together effectively. However, project teams rarely have the luxury of long periods where positive working relationships can naturally develop over time. Projects need way of quickly developing trust and psychological safety to ensure performance.
Most team building takes a one-size-fits-all approach to developing interpersonal relationships, but this can waste time trying to strengthen already strong relationships. We suggest there is a better team-building approach. It’s about understanding that teams are social networks built on connections between individuals. It involves deep one-on-one conversations, designed to get people out of their comfort zones
In this masterclass, we will explore a personalised approach to improving project team communication, and the impact of team development on interpersonal networks of communication. When team building is customised to respond to the specific strengths and weaknesses within a social network, team building can have a significant impact on patterns of communication in a project team, with a relatively small investment in time.