Be a High Performance Team Member — Session B

Presented by: 
Russel Horwitz of Kwela Consulting
Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 12:30pm
Point Grey Campus
Irving K Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, Room 261
Focus Area: Workplace Skills

Program Summary

This workshop is designed to provide a high degree of awareness about what it takes to play a constructive role as a member of a high-performing team. Special emphasis is placed on the interpersonal skills that team members need, for example advocacy, listening and conflict resolution. The workshop is based on Patrick Lencioni’s 5-step framework that includes the practices of building trust, resolving conflict, developing commitment, holding team members accountable and achieving results. Other aspects such as the stages of team development and participation in team meetings are also explored.

Self-awareness and skill development are brought alive through an interactive simulation that exposes the typical challenges faced by teams. The areas we will focus on are adapting to social styles, building trust, active listening, conflict resolution, holding team mates accountable and meeting participation.


This session is reserved for members who are professionals and do not have direct staff reports or manage project teams. If you are a manager, please see our related topic Leading High Performance Teams. Please note, you may only sign up for one workshop. Not sure if this session is right for you? Please email us at

You will learn to

  • Understand your role as a team member in advancing the team’s stage of development
  • Understand how to contribute to high levels of trust on the team(s) to which you belong
  • Understand the positive role of team conflict and how to contribute to keeping it productive
  • Understand what it takes to secure commitment to team decisions
  • More easily contribute to developing high levels of accountability on the team(s) to which you belong
  • Adapt own style when participating on teams
  • Contribute productively to team meetings
  • Understand the role that the leaders needs to play in team development
  • The 5 dysfunctions of a team

You will learn by

  • Simulations
  • Group work
  • Discussion
  • Lecture

Your Facilitator

Russel is one of Kwela Consulting’s two founders and his expertise includes leadership development, team development, executive coaching, and training on a wide variety of topics.

He has worked extensively as a leadership consultant / trainer since 2004 across a wide variety of sectors, including government, publicly-held, and non-profit.  Russel's experience also includes 14 years in the high technology/engineering sector, where he held management roles in product development, marketing, customer service and training. Russel holds a Masters degree in Engineering from the University of Cape Town, South Africa

Event Details

Date: Thursday August 29, 2013

Time: 12:30pm – 3:45pm

Building: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Address: 1961 East Mall [Map]
Room: 261

To Register

Be a High Performance Team Member, Thursday August 29, 12:30pm - 3:45pm

There is also a morning session available

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