Abstracts: August 15th, 2007

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has launched a new tool to encourage flexible and responsive team work across organizations.Team working has evolved. Teams need to develop quickly in response to the demands of the work they have to do. People are required to be more flexible, mobile and work more quickly and effectively with a new group of colleagues. It is no longer about sustaining and developing team identity over a number of years.

The CIPD’s new toolkit allows teams to learn as they address real issues, and provides structured exercises both for developing a team’s general capability to work together and for developing a repertoire of specific team working tools and techniques.

This toolkit uses exercises such as Team Purpose and Objective Setting, Understanding Each Other, Fishbowl, Peer Feedback, Customer Role Play and Team Coaching to tackle a number of challenges real teams wrestle with. These include building team identity, establishing a climate of trust, dealing with conflict, overcoming setbacks and thinking outside the box.

The toolkit is available from http://www.cipd.co.uk/bookstore   Cost 370 pounds.