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Amazing Teams: Create an Environment of Productivity, Cohesion and Resilience
with Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper

Date: July 17, 2019
Session Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location Information:
Jefferson Country Club
7271 Jefferson Meadows Drive, Blacklick, OH 43004
Session Description
Organizations today must understand and leverage 7 critical attributes of cohesive, productive and resilient teams. This 1 day interactive course guides participants through a learning experience to develop the seven attributes and behaviors that are critical to high productivity and effectiveness. The seven critical team attributes include: Trust, Appreciation, Communication, Creativity & Ideation, Meeting Management, Behavior Management and Problem Solving & Decision Making. 

Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper is the senior managing partner of Improve Consulting and Training Group, a firm that provides personal and professional development training, coaching and consultation. Improve works across various industries, and has been featured in Time Magazine, Black Voices, Smart Business Magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek. Dr. Burts-Cooper is also an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University in the Weatherhead Executive Education Program as well as an Ambassador for the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare Targeted Solutions Tool. She is the author of the workshop curricula "Personal Positioning: Building Personal Brand Equity" and "Don`t Just Think Outside the Box, Make the Box Bigger." She is author of the book Canine Instinct: A Guide to Survival and Advancement in Corporate America. Dr. Burts-Cooper also recently published aMAZEing Organizational Teams: Navigating the 7 Critical Attributes for Cohesion, Productivity and Resilience, a guide for improving group workplace dynamics. The book is based on the aMAZEing Team Building Experience centered in Cleveland, Ohio where teams navigate through a maze of highly interactive indoor mental challenges based on seven attributes of healthy, productive teams. Dr. Burts-Cooper earned a BS in chemistry from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL, her PhD in organic/polymer chemistry from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, her MBA from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business and her Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification from 3M Company.
Time Allocation - Topics
10%         Culture and Team Formation
  • Intentionally creating an environment where employees thrive 
  • Developing highly productive teams, increasing efficiency, cohesion, productivity and commitment 
  • Improving team productivity & effectiveness through increased engagement & development strategies 
  • Understanding the impact of culture on productivity 
20%         Critical Team Attribute: Trust
  • Learning 5 key elements of effective trust 
  • Discovering behaviors that either enhance or erode trust 
  • Understanding how to communicate in a way that builds trust 
15%         Critical Team Attribute: Communication
  • Understanding the critical components of communication 
  • Developing communication strategies that resonate with all stakeholders 
50%         Critical Team Attributes: Appreciation, Creativity & Ideation, Meeting Management, Behavior Management and Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Leveraging the power of appreciation in the workplace 
  • Increasing creativity and ideation through diversity of thought 
  • Producing outcomes through effective meeting management 
  • Increasing productivity and cohesiveness through effective behavior management 
  • Developing problem solving and decision making skills in order to yield optimal solutions 
5%         Team Development Action Planning
  • Creating sustainable strategies to build, manage, and sustain team cohesiveness and increase workplace productivity 
  • Testing and improving current team performance through a series of interactive team building challenges 
  • Understanding current team performance and determine specific plans to improve performance 
  • Determining immediate next steps: Identifying actions that you will stop, start and continue
Guide to Participant Selection
1 indicates primary target audience.
2 indicates a good fit if the level of material is appropriate.
3 indicates (in the opinion of the institute and the faculty) very limited applicability.
Senior Executive
(Pres, Exec & Sr VP)
(VP & Gen'l Mgr)
Senior Managers
(Div & Reg. Mgrs)
Middle Managers
& Superintendents
Leadership Development, Adaptability, Creativeness, Communication, Initiative.
Decision Making, Delegation

Introductory    Intermediate    Advanced
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