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Difference and challenge in teams
This free course looks at how teams ‘travel’ together on a journey of development. Those journeys are hardly ever smooth. The course encourages you to recognise difference and challenge amongst individuals in the team who are pulling in different directions. It will help you identify where such challenges can be embraced for the benefit of your team and your organisation.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- recognise and value ‘challenge’ in teams
- understand how to harness creative tensions for the good of the team
- recognise team interactions that nurture trust and strengthen a team’s capacity to support itself and innovate.
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 The river basin and the bee colony
- 2 ‘Meetings often descend into all-out war!’
- 3 ‘X wants one thing, Y wants another, Z yet another – they’re all too obstinate to give way!’
- 4 ‘Is compromise good enough?’
- 5 Dialectical approaches
- 6 ‘We need to stretch ourselves’
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