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Leadership Survival Skills Workshop XXXIV: Stages of Team Development

Workshop XXXIV Stages of Team Development
Location: Harvard Kennedy School, Wexner Common Areas, Room G02
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM

What explains the fact some teams seem to be so collaborative and at ease with one another, while other seem to be at war? Why do some team members think they are the only ones who can do something right, while other teams are full of trust in one another? And, why is it some teams accept what they are told to do - even when it makes no sense - while other teams will question and push back on direction until the best course of action is found?

In this workshop, we will explore what drives these and other differences in team culture and behavior. Using Adult Development Theory and the framework presented in Dave Logan's Tribal Leadership, we'll look at how to assess a team's stage of development by listening to their language and sense-making. We will also map these two models to each other to see how individual development shows up in teams.


  • Understanding of the team as a system. A team is greater than the sum of its members' parts and the system influences the individuals within it.

  • Assessment of stages of development in client teams.

  • Exploration of ways to help client teams advance to higher-performance stages.

  • Ability to describe why team stage is important, how stage advancement improves performance, and how to make ongoing results from sustainable.

  • Specific coaching exercises to help teams experience their own and each other's stage of development.


Beth Shapiro specializes in helping organizations build the capacity to execute on strategy and change initiatives as needed. She coaches, trains, and consults on teaming, workforce engagement, and leadership development. Beth holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is credentialed as an individual coach and an Organization and Relationship Systems Coach. She has served on the faculty of two of the world's most prestigious coaching schools: The Coaches Training Institute and CRR Global.  Her background includes more than 20 years of management and leadership in the private and non-profit sectors. In addition to coaching, Beth designs and delivers powerful, custom experiential training aimed at increasing workforce engagement, leadership capacity, and strategic effectiveness. 

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Class size is limited to 25 participants. The workshop fee is $25 (and includes light snacks)!

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If you have any questions, contact Karen Kingsbury at or call 617 227 2050