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

October 21, 2019

When Change Isn’t Managed

When we are able to be our best selves, we manage change with maturity. We acknowledge what has been lost and wrap our brains around the new conditions. We take some time to lick our wounds and then figure out what to do about the transition. We bring our best coping skills to the team and try our best to do nothing that might get us stuck or set us back. In a perfect world, the stress of the change doesn’t turn us into a child. Occasionally, these best intentions break down. Here’s what that looks like.

October 7, 2019

A Tool for Your Team’s Renewal

The website was originally designed as a tool for teams. With a few clicks, you could easily find best practices on team effectiveness and a path to diagnose your organization’s wellness. That was a decade ago and, like most tools, we’ve needed to refresh our approach a few times. Like all living things, the Center for Team Excellence has evolved through many cycles of change. Our new website reflects today’s focus: helping our partners know what stage of growth they are managing, why they are in that stage and what to do next to move forward. We encourage you to take a self-guided tour after enjoying this preview.

Clients We've Worked With

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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