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Team Development and Enhancement

A suite of activities and offerings for teams by UCL Organisational Development.

Most UCL staff work in teams – it's really important that we learn how to work together.

We have worked with facilitators to design standard sessions and workshops for team development. These promote team outcomes, including team-building, resilience, motivation, managing change and maximising performance.

OD can facilitate your access to both internal and external providers and programmes. All of our facilitators are experts in their field, and as demand is high, we ask for a booking lead time of 15 to 30 days in advance. Any associated charges are to cover costs.

Our providers are also always happy to have a conversation about building bespoke sessions to meet other needs. If you need assistance assessing which one suits your department/faculty, please talk to your HRBP or contact teamdevelopment@ucl.ac.uk.

Available offerings

Team Building and Alignment

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Managing Change

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Motivation

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Resilience Building

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Team Identity

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    Circles of Influence and Mood Matrix

    Based on Steven Covey's Circles of Influence model, we empower teams to reflect and address concerns, enabling an environment where colleagues can coach each other towards optimal solutions. This model is rooted in the concept that we have more control than originally thought.

    Managers can use The Mood Matrix to check in with individuals, creating a positive atmosphere. Teams can also integrate the tool into BAU in meetings.

    Duration: 2.5 hours

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    Dealing with Burnout - How to spot it and protect yourself from it

    This webinar will help you / your team think about the causes of burnout and design ways you can protect yourself from it. This is a practical session taught in small groups focused on helping you identify the risks you are exposed to right now and the steps you can take

    Duration: 2 hours

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    Lego Serious Play

    We believe that strengthening team cohesion is a significant feature of high-performance and that LEGO® Serious Play® (LSP) will greatly enhance team cohesion and increase teams' overall effectiveness and productivity. Developed over 15 years by LEGO, the LSP methodology is an innovative process designed to improve innovation and business performance. In addition, this approach has been proven to create a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the world and its possibilities. LSP deepens the reflection process and supports an effective dialogue – for everyone in the organisation. 

    LEGO® Serious Play® can be used for: coaching, team building, problem-solving, developing new and improved services and products, change management and transition, creating vision, culture and values, exploring concepts and resolving conflict in teams.

    Duration: 2.5 hours

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    Making Email Work for You

    This practical webinar will help you get your inbox to zero and set you up with an effective way to save you time, help you prioritise effectively and reduce anxiety. You'll apply the tools in the lesson and leave ready to try out the approach before adapting it to suit your way of working. As a result, Inbox Zero will help you feel more in control of your work and more confident you are working on the right things.

    Great for teams to explore different approaches and clarify expectations and assumptions. Great for helping groups agree on protocols for shared inboxes and communication channels. This facilitated session works alongside the Working Smarter programme modules - Creating the Space for Important Work and Inbox Zero.

    Find out more about Working Smarter.

    Format: webinar
    Duration: 2 hours

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    Personal Impact and Resilience

    Resilience skills are especially needed now, given the pressures of remote working, work-life balance management, uncertainties around the future, and any potential/actual changes. Around 25% of employees consider working the number one stress factor. However, those who have developed resilience skills learn to manage their day to day challenges and thrive. Resilience is built by attitudes, behaviours and social supports that can be adopted and cultivated by anyone. The interactive session will help you understand and develop your levels of resilience with actionable steps. Overall, you will better understand how to tap into coping strategies in managing challenges and stress.
     
    Duration: 2 hours

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    Prioritising the right things and getting clear on what everyone is doing

    This webinar helps teams clarify what everyone is working on and prioritise activities. The workshop supports participants through a comprehensive project mapping exercise, clarifying who is doing what,whilst revealing gaps and potential duplication. Finally, it enables the team to calibrate their efforts and agree priorities.

    Teams will leave feeling clearer and more in control of their work. In addition, everyone will leave with a plan for the next few weeks in their calendar.

    This facilitated session works alongside the Working Smarter module Prioritising the Right Things.

    Format: webinar
    Duration: 3 hours

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    Team Branding and Team Boardroom

    Inspired by one of the S/WILD modules on Leadership profiles, branding and personal boardrooms, this session looks at what teams are known internally and externally to UCL.

    Exercises and reflective conversations allow teams to hone their image and identify stakeholders to help them achieve their team mission and objectives.

    Duration:  2 hours

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    Tetramap

    Tetramap is a communication preference framework which allows for a much deeper understanding of how to influence others and how we like to be influenced. Unlike MBTI, Tetramap provides a broader approach that allows for individual reflection and team growth and, most importantly, highlights team diversity's strength. Consequently, Tetramap is an extremely effective tool for teams working better together, embracing intersectionality within an organisation and developing leaders. Facilitators delivering the session are all qualified and trained by Tetramap International.

    Duration
    Option A: 2 hours: covers essential material on preferences and individual and team reflection.
    Option B: 3.5 hours: covers essential material on preferences and individual and team reflection. This session engages further with the concepts and the element of team diversity by allowing for more exercises in elemental teams.

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    Ways of Working Session and Diagnostic

    Built around the UCL Ways of Working, a behavioural framework that supports colleagues to be successful and happy at UCL, this session is designed to enhance team and individual understanding of these behaviours and values.

    The session explains its applicability in developmental conversations, appraisals, recruitment, and how we are expected to work daily at UCL and towards our 2034 mission. It enables team members to understand better the pressures their colleagues may face. Additionally, it offers a diagnostic tool for individuals and the team to reflect on their areas of strength and development, using the WOW indicators, resulting in identifying actions to achieve WOW goals.

    Duration: 2.5 hours

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    Who Shows Up?

    A team-building workshop that offers the participants a playful yet thought-provoking and powerful way to deepen their self-awareness and the awareness of their team members to help everyone redefine how they wish to be perceived by others as individuals and as a team.

    The workshop draws on extensive research related to identity that highlights how people's multiple selves and the constellation of their roles in life impact their behaviours, decisions and relationships. During the session, the participants will have an opportunity to reflect.

    Through individual and collective storytelling, the participants will become more conscious and deliberate about which parts of themselves should show up depending on the context to increase impact and influence while remaining authentic.

    Who Shows Up? merges personal brand, team identity, and behavioural agility themes.

    Duration: 2.5 hours

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