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How to Build a Team That Actually Functions as One

To align common goals. build effective working relationships, reduce team members’ role ambiguity, and reduce or eliminate conflict, it is essential for all professionals to:

  • Be able to articulate four stages of team development and how they look in the real world
  • Gain an understanding of how Individual differences affect roles within the team
  • Have a plan for monitoring progress toward achieving their vision.
  • Have a vision of their ideal team
  • How conflict starts and techniques to minimize it
  • Know the principles and behaviors to guide team performance, and
  • Know what prevents individuals from wanting to be part of a team
  • Practice skills in supporting team development through its formative stages
  • Understand how to use one constructive, specific communication technique to influence team performance; and
  • Understand the difference between a team and a group.

This workshop is designed to achieve these outcomes.

Factors that Stop Us from Being Our Best Selves and Tools to Turn That Around

All professionals are busy, and many are overworked. Some feel unseen and unappreciated. To be our best selves, they have to have a set of tools that enable them to be visible and confident the majority of the time. This workshop is about tools in the toolkit of awesome professionals. It addresses how our

  • Ability to fall/fail gracefully is essential
  • Ability to listen to ourselves is essential
  • Ability to shift our view can change our reactions
  • Brains can sabotage or support us
  • Ego needs to step aside when we need help
  • Emotions can be a great support system
  • Focus on the now is essential
  • Integrity muscle is essential for our mental and physical wellbeing.
  • Lens may be influencing us negatively or positively
  • Minds can rule the day and ruin it
  • Past can be either a negative or a positive influencer
  • Signature voice can keep us on the best path to success
  • Story affects how we see the world
  • Support needs to come from the best places, and
  • Truth can free us to remain calm and choose our reactions

How Our Story Influences What We See and How We React

Our culture, upbringing, and professional educational experiences influence how we choose to lead. Some of the patterns we adopt are healthy, and others can be threatening to others. It is vital to understand the power of our story and how it impacts morale, harmony, and productivity, to create a reliable culture of trust,

In this workshop, participants learn the patterns that

  • Are based on beliefs rather than truths
  • Are interpreted as threats
  • Can shift how we react from threat to trust
  • Change how and when we can accept where we are, and
  • Emanate from our emotional addictions
  • Enable a person to shift
  • Enable our story to control what we say and do without anticipating the consequences
  • Enable participants to see how their story is preventing them from keeping the 15 commitments of conscious leadership (everyone is a leader): responsibility; curiosity; feelings; candor; gossip; integrity; appreciation; genius; play; opposite of my story; approval; enough; allies; win for all; and being the resolution, and
  • Enable us to reach in our toolbox and find the tools to shift.
  • Influence our ability to be present
  • Influence when we use a passive, driving, supportive, or signature voice
  • Our brain engages in (brat, judge, perfectionist, etc.) different patterns at different times.
  • Promote trust, and
  • Strengthen our knowledge of our intentions


How One’s Mindstyle Can Influence One’s Effectiveness at Work

In this workshop, participants become more aware of which learning style and thinking style works best for them. Once participants know their style, they can then analyze how their team members think and learn. This knowledge helps participants understand other people better, identify how to approach others in the future, articulate how to ensure tasks are completed successfully, and to avoid conflict. Participants become more flexible when they understand how these styles influence their communication, strengths, and weaknesses.

Participants will:

  • Identify how communications can shift to be more effective
  • Identify their dominant style
  • Know that all mindstyles are beneficial in different circumstances.
  • Learn strategies to build bridges from one mind style to another
  • Learn the strengths and needs associated with each style
  • Understand how our dependence on the outside world influences effectiveness at work, and
  • Understand their dominant modalities and how this influences communication with others.

What Clients Are Saying

Paula Sheppard, CEO of NLOWE

The board governance training we did was fantastic. It was especially useful when we talked about conflict of interest and board members working on the organizations contracts.

We now have a clear understanding as to why we do not do business with our board members. We are all now thinking more strategically and better understand the role of management vs. governance.

T. D., Manager

I became more aware/appreciative of the need to include/consider/address the dynamics of the interpersonal relationship when conducting business. Knowledge and experience by themselves do not trump/veto the need to establish and maintain positive interpersonal relationships.

It has allowed me to become less anxious and less inhibited when working. I am enjoying moment more and worrying less about how/if I am going to get there.

Coaching affirmed for me that with practice, preparation, and commitment I can succeed. My limitations have inherent strengths which can play a part in my success

S. A.

Thank you so much for all of your guidance and support, Brenda. You are amazing.

We have much work ahead of us, but I feel that we all much better equipped to handle the challenge. I am sure that I can speak for the others that we deeply appreciate your commitment and professionalism.

It is such a fantastic feeling that we are now working together as a team!

Regina Wright

Thank you for your excellent work in the preparation of the report. It is most comprehensive and your presentations on this Report were excellent.

I learned how my “Gregorc Mind Style” will help me understand my natural way and how to relate to people who have different styles. I know i) what makes a good elevator speech and how to make people want to know more and ii) the importance of having ‘offerings’ that will give people a choice.

I now have a practical way of making sure my business objectives are met.

W. D., Senior Auditor

I just wanted to say thanks for all your coaching.  My family also thanks you.

When I first started I was very frustrated, unhappy, and bitter. Now it takes me a lot longer to get frustrated as I no longer let issues build , I am happier because when I do incur stressful events I know how to leave them behind and I am no longer bitter as I have learned how to communicate things that frustrate me without getting upset.

The greatest change has been with my family life.  I play with my kids more, I no longer take out the bad days on them, I do not shout at my kids anymore because I have learned other ways to address discipline issues. My wife is happier because I no longer snap at her.

Thanks for everything.

M. B. D., EAP Coordinator

I wanted to pass on very specific feedback on your work with one of our employees.

The employee shared that you were able to assess her situation adeptly, and were able to understand and consider her profession and gender issues. She indicated increased problem solving in all levels and types of communication in the workplace, and reduction in her personal reactiveness and levels of stress.

The employee is now feeling able to consider further steps of intervention from a systemic perspective.

Thanks so much

Hubert Langdon

Dr. Kelleher-Flight is very knowledgeable on the subject of governance. She kept us focused on the task at hand and involved us in the discussions on each aspect of governance. She quite willingly and capably answered our questions. She makes the distinction between governance and management quite clear.

M. K., Solicitor

The techniques and tools I use solved my issues. It took me six months using them to be fully confident. I now work well with others and have no difficulty speaking my truth. In fact, I use the  new skills at home as well. Thank you.

Lori Donovan

I found Dr. Kelleher-Flight to be very informative and engaging.

What could have been a very tiring session was actually energizing. Dr. Kelleher-Flight’s knowledge of strategic planning was excellent. I learned a lot. She kept us on task and within the timelines. The goals of each session were reached.

We also began to think about what kind of board we are (which is very important to us at this time). Overall, I found it very useful. Thank you.

About Dr. Brenda Kelleher-Flight

As a Certified Professional Coach, Brenda helps individuals and teams

  • Align their actions with their desired outcomes,
  • Master the skills necessary to plan for, achieve and measure their desired results, and
  • Achieve the working climate or life they desire.

As well as being a Qualified Mediator and a Master Business Coach, Brenda holds a Ph.D. in Governance. She works with all types of boards and their CEOs to build strong productive teams, use time efficiently and effectively, and plan ensuring the results desired are achieved.