Online Class: Team Building 101

Team Building 101 is a course designed to help any team leader, from a sports coach to an executive professional, design and put together a winning team that achieves its goals.

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Course Description

Team Building 101 is a course designed to help any team leader, from a sports coach to an executive professional, design and put together a winning team that achieves its goals. Lessons include vital information such as design and purpose of teams in various real life scenarios, the psychological aspect of the team membership and team building, shaping realistic goals and assessing resources to develop your team, and team building exercises to help you motivate and inspire your team to achieve maximum success.
Rather than simply a list of team building exercises, this course is packed with complex information from fields such as psychology, sociology, business management, cultural anthropology, and more broken down and delivered in a way that highlights the information you need to master in order to achieve your goals for your team.  From the modern challenges of virtual business to leadership development, this course will take you from start to finish when it comes to team building.

Course Motivation

When it comes to team building, most people understand that it is not enough to just throw a bunch of people together and call it a team. While this might meet the definition of a team, it is unlikely for any group of people, no matter how individually talented and gifted they are, to be able to work cohesively as a unified team. The fact is that great teams are made, not born. Proper guidance is important, both on an individual level (like any form of management), but also within the context of the larger, full group. Because teamwork is so critical to the success of a wide range of endeavors, and the development of each team so complex, it is vital that those in management positions invest the time and effort necessary to learn how to develop a team properly. 

Depending on any given individual's situation, what type of team you wish to build may be tremendously different from the team someone else is working to develop. For some, the team they want to build is an athletic one; from peewee sports to professional leagues, the best coaches understand that it is not enough merely to put together a bunch of gifted athletes, those athletes have to learn how to operate as a cohesive team. For others, teamwork may be geared towards working together to achieve the most sales or some other business activity designed to net the most income for the business (or members of the team). For some people, working as a team means many people performing the same tasks or type of tasks using team spirit and established methods to achieve success. Other teams might alternatively rely on the individual strengths of each team member, building a team that works towards the same goal but with each individual taking on a different role. Thankfully, successful team building often uses the same tactics and psychological design for one type of team as any other type; team building is built upon psychological and sociological theories and methods. While the specific activities a team undertakes may differ wildly, the elements of successful team building stay much the same. 

Types of teams

Most people have heard the story of how Ford Motor Company revolutionized manufacturing by developing the first known moving assembly line. Prior to the industrial revolution, most products were handcrafted, from start to finish, by a single person. Obviously, this resulted in limited production and restricted employment opportunities as not everyone was equally able to produce completed projects from start to finish. However, this does not mean there were not still teams; many manufacturers would have a number of employees producing the same objects or items at the same time; instead, these workers operated simultaneously but through teamwork were still able to identify and utilize the best methods, the cheapest suppliers, the best materials, and so on. With a moving assembly line, teams could produce more products in the same period and employ a wider range of people as they would only have to perform one or two select tasks rather than complete the entire project from start to finish. It is worth noting that this technique has limited usefulness, depending on the activities of the team involved. 

It is imperative for successful team building that you have established what type of team you are hoping to build. While this may sound obvious, the reality is that what works best may not always be the norm or what you assume you need. Whether you manage a team of 3 or 30,000, it is a good idea to review periodically whether you are using the best type of team for your goals and strategy. 

Independent teams

Independent teams typically involve scenarios where each individual member of the team acts or performs complete projects individually but their performance still affects or influences, to varying degrees, the rest of the team. This typically occurs in one of two ways: 

Independent members perform the same tasks but the success or failure of the entire team can still hinge upon the success or failure of each independent member. For example, a bowling team might compete against another bowling team and will frequently determine a winner based on the sum total of the scores of each member of the team. Team A consists of four players who scored 140, 173, 195, and 145 for a total of 653 points. Members of Team B, alternatively, scored 92, 160, 197, and 179 for a total of 628 points. Team members played as an individual, with each of them performing the same activity in approximately the same period. However, the entirety of team B lost because one member scored so low that the rest of the team's efforts, including having the highest individual score, were not enough to win. Although this represents an individual composition of a team, the success of the team nevertheless depends upon each member's actions and is thus, consequently, an independent team. 

Alternatively, there are completely independent teams where the success (or failure) of one member does not necessarily determine or dictate the success or failure of other members. For example, imagine a school wide spelling bee for third graders. Each third grade teacher works with their class to study the words, practice spelling the words together, and similar shared activities. In this way, each class represents a team who work to encourage each other, share ideas about ways to remember spelling, and so on. When the day of the spelling bee arrives, only one student is going to win. The student who spells the most words correctly would still win even if every other member of their classroom were unable to spell a single word. In this way, these students are considered completely independent team members as they work together as a team but perform independently.    

Interdependent teams

When many of us think of a team, we most frequently imagine an interdependent team. In an interdependent team, the success of each member is, to some degree, reliant upon the success of other team members. To distinguish this from independent teams that share the same end result, interdependent teams frequently allow for different team members to perform different activities (the extent to which may vary). For example, a football team is a perfect example of an interdependent style team. No matter how talented a player may be, he or she cannot win on their own. Moreover, while there are utility players, most members have some special position; different team members perform different tasks. 

The right type of team for you

Again, many people do not necessarily consider all of the options available when it comes to designing the structure of their team. For a long time, all football players essentially played every position, the same way that item production occurred from start to finish by one individual. These two types of teams were similar in relying upon each member of the team being able to do every activity equally well, whether they achieved it on their own or with the team as a whole. 
Moreover, these two examples are perfect to show the reasoning behind considering a different way of approaching your team construction than whatever has been done in the past or is assumed to be the best way to do it. While many professions extol the virtues of "thinking outside the box," many are still resistant to actually doing so, even though it has consistently been shown to be critical to the achievement of virtually any type of team. 

If you take the time to assess what your needs are when it comes to your team, there are a few questions that will be pivotal in your decision making, and how will I define success? For the activities I need performed, what level of specialization is needed? What are my goals for this team? What is my ultimate goal? Who else shares this type of goal? What are my obligations to the teams I am on myself? Setting clear, realistic, and measurable goals for your team will be the single most important task you undertake when it comes to team building and achieving success. 

Lastly, it is important to remember that making a decision about your team structure will have long term consequences. Nevertheless, that does not mean that you cannot ever change how your team is structured. If a particular style of team does not seem to be working for you and your goals, you can ease into a new team construction without necessarily damaging or negatively influencing your business, clientele, and so forth. However, there is no need to feel pressured or alarmed; this course will help you determine the direction you want to take and show you how to build a team that can be successful, whether you are starting from scratch or taking on the task of managing, directing, and strengthening an existing team.
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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1. Types of Teams

Depending on any given individual's situation, what type of team you wish to build may be tremendously different from the team someone else is working to develop. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2. Hierarchy of Needs

Understanding how a team can be developed and managed first requires an understanding of the psychological dynamics of the concept of team work. Additional lesson topics: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs; Our Hierarchy of Needs 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Benefits of Teamwork

The benefits of teamwork are far reaching and can revitalize or save a business or organization. Additional lesson topics: What Are the Benefits of Teamwork in Business?; All About Team Building 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4. Developing Your Team Resources

To best determine the ideal type of team and how it can help your entity or organization, requires an assessment of a number of things. Additional lesson topics: How to Build Powerfully Successful Work Teams 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5. Designing Your Team

When it comes to putting together your team, one of the most critical resources you will need will be personnel. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6. The Psychology of Team Building

To ensure that your team building activities yield the results that you want, you will need to understand the psychological aspects of team building itself. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7. Participation Methods and Repercussions

Two of the most important elements when it comes to effectively operating a team unit include participation methods and repercussions of team decisions. Additional lesson topics: Managing Groups and Teams/Psychological Profiling 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8. Team Building Activities 1

Your team will work best together when it feels confident in your abilities to lead and to recognize the work that they are doing. Additional lesson topics: Tools for teams and teamwork 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9. Team Building Activities 2

When teammates develop an emotional bond, they are more likely to have effective communication with each other and a greater shared interest in achieving the team's goals. Additional lesson topics: Team Building Activities 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10. Virtual Teams and Leadership Development

More and more businesses, agencies, and organizations are learning that building a virtual or online workforce can sometimes be a path to success for their company. 60 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define types of teams.
  • Define hierarchy of needs.
  • Define benefits of teamwork.
  • Summarize methods for designing your team.
  • Recognize the psychology of team building.
  • Demonstrate team building activities.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Team Building 101
Course Number: 8900312
Lessons Rating: 4.3 / 5 Stars (708 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: July 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: John Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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