Webinars Review - Project Teams

As a member of PMI, you have free access to webinars at the PMI website. In this newsletter, we will look at Project Teams and give you some insight in a few of the webinars available.

Webinar 1: Leading High-Performance Teams

Presenter(s): Mario Moussa & Derek Newberry
Duration: 1 hour
PDUs: 1 / Category A / Leadership

Webinar 2: Six Keys to Making Global Virtual Teams Work

Presenter(s): Harvey Robbins and Aftab Khokher
Duration: 1 hour
PDUs: 1 / Category A / Leadership
 

Webinar 1: Leading High-Performance Teams

Presenter(s): Mario Moussa & Derek Newberry
Duration: 1 hour
PDUs: 1 / Category A / Leadership
 

Summary by: Amit Singh Chauhan

Dr. Mario Moussa is a successful author & teaches at executive programs the Wharton School of Business. He advises senior leaders on top teams’ effectiveness among other topics. He has also delivered numerous workshops related on leadership, strategic persuasion & collaboration in major cities around the world.

As a fellow of the executive education at the Warton school, he has led the design of Customized leadership development programs for organizations in a wide variety of sectors including Financial sector, Pharmaceuticals, Energy, Healthcare, Higher Education and Government.

Dr. Derek Newberry is a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, and a leadership development consultant in the areas of interpersonal communication, collaboration, and corporate culture. He has worked with organizations in a wide range of sectors, including energy, financial services, management consulting, & healthcare. Derek has co-authored a book with Dr Mario of the book titled, “Committed Teams – 3 steps to inspiring performance and passion”. He has published extensively and lectured internationally on cultural barriers to organizational change.

The webinar content is based on the aforementioned book they co-authored. It contains vivid stories and extensive first hand research from Wharton’s executive development programs to describe the process for building great teams. The book is about creating Hight Performance Teams (HPT) and the presenters aim to help the audience in laying the foundations for their own HPT.

The webinar goes on to state that in theory, teams should deliver results that are greater than the sum of their parts.  In practice, most teams fall short of their potential.  It lists the common problems facing teams and tries to provide a potential solution to each. It provides insight on closing the gap between the potential value and the actual performance of teams and helps understand why teams tend to under-perform. It explains quite effectively, with examples, how getting the most out of a group is hard, what type of team composition gives the most productive outcome.

The webinar emphasizes how important is, delegating work to one’s own team, how HPT operates by rules, are communicative, transparent & measure and improve rules if necessary. It then introduces a field-tested process called the 3x3 framework that helps gain buy-in and generate commitment within teams. Few of the essential takeaways, from the webinar, to improve team performance is to play to one’s team strengths, define norms of collaboration, check in on team alignment periodically, build relationships and trust within the team, focus on small step improvements, be realistic about goals. The webinar ends with the speakers asking teams to put down their expectations; own rules and practice/follow them in the real world.

Webinar 2: Six Keys to Making Global Virtual Teams Work

Presenter(s): Harvey Robbins and Aftab Khokher
Duration: 1 hour
PDUs: 1 / Category A / Leadership
 

Summary by: Gaurav Jain

In this webinar, speakers, Harvey A. Robbins and Aftab Khokher talked about Six keys which the best teams consider,  to make global virtual teams work effectively.

The webinar started discussing about the regular teams, focussing on how the good teams and how the best teams generally behave, and then taking the talk towards how the leadership takes place and how you make decisions in culturally diverse teams, and how you resolve conflicts.

The Six keys included were the creation of short term, high priority goals; identifications of roles/responsibilities in terms of turf wars and hot potatoes; identification of potential barriers and developing contingency plans around them;  how the infrastructure supports with informal feedback mechanism and communication strategies; how the interpersonal relationships are important in valuing the differences and developing versatile plans; and lastly how the cultural differences needs to be taken care of while making decisions especially focussed on conflict management.

Different behavioural styles differences, such as Analytical, Driver, Amiable, Expressive are also well discussed, and how these help in creation of high performing project teams and dealing with the cultural differences present in global virtual teams.