Building Teams that Work Well

Building Teams that Work Well

How often are you tasked with leading or becoming a member of a new team?

Is the expectation that your new team will ‘hit the ground running’ – be productive almost immediately?

teamworkEvery time team membership changes you go through stages described by Bruce Tuckman (1965) as Forming, Storming and Norming, on your way towards

The TIFF© personal development profile, used as part of a team development process, is ideal for enhancing the bonding, or ‘Norming’ phase, of a team, whilst reducing the stress of ‘Storming’

TIFF©is based on the international award winning Functional Fluency model, and helps team members to:

  • Enhance self-awareness, acknowledge and develop positive behaviours, and transform negative ones.
  • Give honest feedback in a constructive way
  • Rebalance energy, and so reduce stress
  • Develop an atmosphere of trust and cooperation that optimises individual and team productivity 


    “We had a general reinforcement and reassurance of where the strengths were within the team. The team exercise gave perspective and opened up some valuable and relevant conversations.  I felt that the exercise drew out some of the gaps/weaknesses in the team and I was very pleased that we will explore some of these in the following team meetings.”                                                                                                                      CEO of a small charity

    “This has enabled us to discuss things we’ve needed to talk about for a long time… What’s more, we’ve been able to have these conversations now in a way that’s felt safe and respectful of each other and entirely positive. It has given us a structure and a language that makes talking about tough stuff feel liberating and constructive. What’s great is that, now we have it, we can use this approach to continue talking with each other about these things so long as we need to.”                                                                                                                                                                                          Newly formed team in a large organisation


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We use our blog to refect on how Functional Fluency and TIFF is being used, and how it can be developed further, across the broad spectrum of situations where building more effective relationships is valuable.

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