Introduces a theoretical and experiential understanding of team development, consensus decision-making, sharing values, diversity, facilitation, conflict resolution, and dialogue. Theory is based on emerging views of teams and organizations as self-organizing systems.
Team Building: This course is a mix of hearing about team leadership and membership and actually experiencing these two phenomena. The learning activities are designed to give students a deeper awareness of individual and group dynamics and how teams operate as self-organizing systems. Emphasis is placed on experiential learning in order to connect theory to application. Topics include types of teams, the roles we play on teams, stages of team development, conflict management, mediation, and diversity. Each class meets the first three consecutive Saturdays of each quarter.
Student learning goals
Observe and practice the behaviors of effective team leadership and membership
Diagnose and facilitate team development
Identify key elements of high-performance teams
General method of instruction
Lecture and large group discussion In-class team activities and debrief Low-Ropes participation and/or observation (Challenge by choice.)
Class assignments and grading
Three reflection papers One team presentation Participation in assigned team Participation in class
This is a credit/no credit class. Participation is required and all assignments must be completed.