Teams drive organizational progress. Yet forming and leading high-performance teams is one of the most complex challenges facing any leader. Creating and Leading High-Performing Teams combines the best insights from research and case studies, tested in the context of hands-on, experiential learning. The program places executives into team challenges in diverse settings — from rowing crew shells to the performing arts. These experiences will change the way you create and lead your own high-performing teams.
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The dynamics of teamwork are too complex to be understood in the classroom alone. This program provides a distinctive combination of classroom and case work along with daily experiential exercises. It builds upon years of programs by Professor Mike Useem and Wharton Leadership Ventures, which have immersed MBA students and executives in rigorous outdoor challenges around the globe. Senior guest speakers also will offer their experiences from business, the military, and other areas.
Creating and Leading High-Performing Teams Session Topics
- Forming and Sustaining Successful Teams
- Aligning Individuals Around Group Goals
- Team Dynamics
- Leading from the Front, Middle, and Behind
- Experiential Learning
Related Team-building Articles
- Working Relationships: Creating the Ties That Win (October 2009)
- The Power of Teams: Dividing the Tasks and Multiplying the Successes (September 2009)
- Earning the Right to Lead (June 2009)
- Teaming at the Summit: World-Class Climber Chris Warner Uses Personal Stories to Create High-Performing Teams (July 2008)
- Epiphany on the Ice: Critical Lessons in Creating and Leading Teams(January 2008)
- "Rowing as One: Crewing Offers Executives Lessons in Leadership and Teamwork" (December 2007)
In his book The Leadership Moment: Nine True Stories of Triumph and Disaster and Their Lessons for Us All, Michael Useem presents a series of poignant real-life examples of people facing their "moments of truth" — making the tough leadership decisions that change destinies — to show readers how best to perform under the pressures they face in the business world.
Upward Bound: Nine Original Accounts of How Business Leaders Reached Their Summits brings together a remarkable team of nine writers equally at home among the high peaks and in the corridors of corporate power. Whether it's up the career ladder or toward a creative peak, Upward Bound addresses the fundamental question of why we climb, while capturing the power of mountains to instruct as well as inspire.
Through vivid, compelling stories, Michael Useem reveals how upward leadership can transform incipient disaster into hard-won triumph. Leading Up: How To Lead Your Boss So You Both Win is a call to action. It asks us to get results by helping our superiors lead and by building on the best in everybody's nature, and it offers a pragmatic blueprint for doing so.
The program is designed primarily for managers of small to mid-sized teams, specifically middle and senior managers from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
Gain a direct understanding of what makes teams successful. Among the takeaways:
- Understand the stages of team formation.
- Gain hands-on experience in building, participating on, and leading teams in diverse contexts.
- Understand how team leadership resides in action rather than position.
- Learn to manage strong individual players within a team and draw out the best from everyone — so the team is more than a sum of its parts.
- Learn about your own leadership style and its impact on team performance.
- Build a network of fellow leaders for sharing challenges, insights, and perspectives.
Director, Wharton Leadership Ventures
The Wharton School
Jeff is an honors graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (MBA) and Penn State University (BA, BS), and is currently a doctoral student studying educational leadership. Prior to his current career as a scholar and practitioner, Jeff held a variety of roles at AT&T and its cable unit, AT&T Broadband, including as a product CFO and Executive Director of Financial Planning and Analysis.
Pig Iron Theater Company
Returning to West Point in 2003, he designed and directed the new Eisenhower Leader Development Program, a graduate program offered in conjunction with Teacher's College, Columbia University. He also directed West Point's leadership and management programs, growing enrollment five-fold the first year and initiating the program's progress toward AACSB accreditation. He has served as Academy Professor and Director of Military Leadership at West Point and as director for its core course in leadership.
Jordan is considered one of Chile's most accomplished mountaineers, having led several successful expeditions to the Himalayas and Antarctica. Jordan has authored a number of books and documentaries based on these expeditions including Everest: The Challenge of A Dream, K2: The Ultimate Challenge, Planet Antarctica, and One Day in Chile.
Rodrigo Jordan holds a PhD in Organizational Administration from Oxford University.
Team Concepts Inc.
Dan received his BS from the US Naval Academy in 1981, MS from Oxford University, England, in 1987, and MA in history from Villanova University in 1989, and is pursuing his PhD in Military History and Foreign Policy. He has taught history at the US Naval Academy and Rutgers University, Camden.
Dan is noted for his intelligent seminars on a wide range of topics related to teams, team building, and leadership, which reflect his unique combination of high achievement in the sport of rowing, his perspective as a coach, and his extensive knowledge of military and ancient history.