Are you an intuitive risk-taker? Maybe you prefer to work methodically, analyzing all the alternatives? Perhaps you are the emotional, imaginative type? Or the straightforward problem solver? High performing teams understand the importance of all working styles and view divergent styles as a rich resource. While team conflicts may occur due to different working styles, each style can be useful to a team if drawn on at the right moment in the decision-making and problem-solving process.
This 90-minute session will provide you with an opportunity to:
- Learn about four common working styles.
- Appreciate your own working style in problem-solving tasks and how to leverage its strengths for your team.
- Understand more about your colleagues’ working styles and how you can best work together.
Professor Laiken, author of “The Anatomy of High Performing Teams: A Leader’s Handbook”, provides practical group exercises which lead participants through a structured collaborative decision-making process. These exercises will give everyone opportunities to highlight their skills and appreciate the complementary skills within the group. The result is sure to be increased awareness and effectiveness to drive individual engagement and team performance.
“Working Style Differences and Team Problem Solving” is one of 85 available leadership and management topics from CoachingOurselves, co-created with Henry Mintzberg.
(Note: This topic works best with an intact team.)
Marilyn Laiken is Director of the Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development, co-sponsored by Schulich Executive Education Centre at York University and the Canadian Organization Development Institute (CODI). She is also past Chair of the OISE, University of Toronto Department of Adult Education & Counselling Psychology, and Professor Emeritus of Adult Education in Workplace Learning and Change. Her consulting firm Laiken Associates has served hundreds of clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Marilyn has been honoured with the prestigious OCUFA award for “Excellence in Teaching” and the Canadian Society for Training and Development President’s Award for her contributions to the field of Adult Education, as well as their first research award.