The 4 Stages of a Team is a toolkit for team survival.

The Team Clock® method has been endorsed by internationally recognized leaders in sports, consumer products, professional services, education and healthcare seeking to improve business results and the wellness of their organizations.

The 4 Stages of a Team is a toolkit for team survival.

The Team Clock® method has been endorsed by internationally recognized leaders in sports, consumer products, professional services, education and healthcare seeking to improve business results and the wellness of their organizations.

Running a successful business involves people, processes and products. This book is about the people – written to support teams of people for sustained success.

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Welcome to The Center for Team Excellence

What is Team Clock®?

Team Clock® transforms teams, impacting company culture and morale. By identifying and addressing the obstacles interfering with performance, teams can spend more time focusing on their work and less time on the politics of their workplace. Team Clock gives teams the tools they need to adapt to change and repair themselves for the lifespan of the entity.

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How We Help

All relationships travel through cycles of growth and change. Whether it’s two people in a partnership, a team of people with a common goal or an organization with a mission, the living entity evolves through predictable stages. At the beginning, the team makes an INVESTMENT in a future together and carefully defines its direction. As the team becomes close and discovers how to work out differences, TRUST becomes the fuel for connection. The foundation of shared values and accountability becomes a platform for INNOVATION. This exploration creates change, which requires some DISTANCING to adjust to what has been lost, refuel and adapt to the new circumstances.

"Teams are messy. Conflict is unavoidable. Dynamics flow with the circumstances, mindsets, and emotions of the members involved. Graduates of top-tier schools are exceptional individual performers, but often struggle in teams."


How We Do It

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Common Team Challenges
  • Workplace norms, mission alignment and conflict
  • Connection, trust and accountability
  • Leveraging diversity to innovate
  • Managing change
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  • The 4 Stages of a Team
  • Team Clock: A Guide to Breakthrough Teams
  • Useful Pain: Why Your Relationship Needs Struggle
  • Interpersonal Assessment Action Workbook
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Team Engagement
  • Team Wellness Packages
  • Coaching and Consulting
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Workshops
  • Online Assessment
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  • Become a Specialist
  • Become a Consultant
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  • Interpersonal
  • Interpersonal Assessment

Organizational Nirvana

Which team is yours – Aging rock stars? Perpetual motion? Comfortably numb? Toxic? The Center for Team Excellence has a solution. Contact us today to get started with Team Clock® and learn how we can help your team rise to new heights.

60 Seconds on the Team Clock

March 25, 2020

Who Cares for the Caregivers?

Times of crisis separate those who need care from those who provide care. Beyond the obvious healthcare application, anyone delivering professional services is thrust into the role of managing pain of some variety. Teachers, counselors, ministers, attorneys, accountants, advisors and consultants make a living by helping navigate uncharted waters. Each of them carries the weight of the impact of the crisis in their own lives but must stay sufficiently focused to attend to client priorities. So, who takes care of the caregivers?

March 10, 2020

The Essential Role of Trust in Teams

Virtually every team we measure scores high on the statement, “I have at least one trusted colleague on the team.” Far fewer clients, however, reflect full-group trust in the survey questions designed to evaluate the psychological safety of the entire team. Almost everyone has a trusted teammate as one-to-one interactions are easier to navigate than group dynamics. Without full-team trust, the organization’s energy is misallocated to internal politics. Consider these steps to building or rebuilding a sustainable foundation of trust in the workplace.

Clients We've Worked With

“I would highly recommend Team Clock services to anyone planning on making team changes or currently going through them.”

Al Manshum

VP of Facilities and Construction, Advocate Health Care

“I am thrilled to be able to include the Team Clock Institute’s insights and frameworks into the work we are doing at Kraft”

Ranjani Iyengar

Senior Director of Learning & Development, Kraft Foods

“The Team Clock Institute enabled each department to interpret and distill the information on their assessment report to uncover the opportunity that will also have the greatest impact in supporting work plan deliverables.”

Joanna Farrere

VP of Human Resources, Illinois Hospital Association

“What connected me most was the feeling that Team Clock was like a therapist for all of us…for each of us…separately and as a group”

Mike Melbinger

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Winston & Strawn

"Our organization has worked with the Team Clock Institute to anchor a mission-aligned culture of engaged talent. Team Clock is a trusted resource to us nationally, working with our future leaders. I have comfortably referred Team Clock’s assessment, training and consultation services to other trusted colleagues.”

Corey McQuade

Managing Partner, Northwestern Mutual Chicago

“I can’t adequately express how you’ve pushed our department forward by your skill, expertise, and approach to strategic planning. Many thanks!”

Craig Niederberger, M.D.

Chair, Department of Urology, UIC College of Medicine