Essentials of Productive Teams

Section 1: MITACS


More than ever, organizational success depends on people working together - effectively. The pressure to communicate productively, quickly turn ideas into profitable action and consistently deliver results never decreases. Using team simulation exercises, participants work from a clear understanding of personal strengths and an appreciation of the differences in others will be the foundation of success in the future.


To constitute an effective team, its members must share a common goal, have respect for each other, and be motivated to use the strengths of each member to achieve their objectives. Using team-based, hands-on, experiential learning exercises, the objective of this one-day workshop is to provide participants with an opportunity to build their ability and awareness participating in and leading an effective team unit that meet deadlines and see results.

Learning Outcomes

Through participating and completing this course, participants will:

  • Discover the key steps and competencies to build an efficient and effective team
  • Learn how to manage the barriers that keep teams from performing
  • Be able to apply the best practice of teams into daily communication

Key Topic Areas

  • What is Team Building?
  • The importance of clarifying goals
  • Understanding conflict within teams
  • Building trust and accountability
  • Identifying issues
  • Team motivation & Action Plans
  • Resources

Section 2: Tom O’Neil

Title: Effective Team Member Behaviors Makes for High-Performance Teamwork


In this course you will learn about the importance of high-performance teamwork, effective team member behaviors, conflict and conflict management, and goal setting for personal development. This will be an evidence-based session drawing on the research from the group dynamics literature. I will intersperse interactive lecture-based formats with callouts, breakouts, virtual post it boards, a conflict styles self-assessment, and other engaging activities. My goal for you is to leave this session feeling better equipped to employ the soft skills needed to be effective in team and collaboration-based settings.

Tom O'Neill
Tom O'Neill
Professor of Psychology