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."

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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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Books
  • 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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Certification
  • Become a Specialist
  • Become a Consultant
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Interpersonal
  • 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

September 22, 2020

Widening the Team Lens

When teams struggle, the camera zooms in on the problem and forces an up-close perspective. Like anything you place under a microscope, you sacrifice the big picture in favor of the tiny details. Teams under duress tend to look at the dynamics playing out between teammates, often ignoring the overall wellness of the larger group. We pay attention to the symptoms rather than the causes. Let’s widen the lens.

September 9, 2020

Prolonged Team Stress – Unfortunately or Fortunately?

Adult coping skills are built for crisis management. Some fight, some flee and some freeze. Each instinct has value. The fighters take action, the fleers seek safety and the freezers observe. Action, safety and observation are all important aspects of navigating trouble. In the moment of the challenge, the body ramps up some functions (heart rate, brain speed) and slows down others (immune system, digestion). All of this is designed to make us more focused and efficient under duress. However, this heightened state is unsustainable for long periods. These days, you don’t have to look too far to find a team falling apart under the pressure of prolonged stress.

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