Masterclass for the Master of Project Management

4 December 2019

How a personalised approach to teams can improve project performance

Many of us can recall team-building exercises that seemed like a waste of time. One problem is overcoming the natural human tendency to hang out with those people we already feel comfortable with, just as that chief executive did. There is a better team-building approach. It doesn’t involve bicycles or obstacle courses or whitewater rafting. It doesn’t even necessarily involve your whole team. It’s about understanding that project teams are social networks built on connections between individuals. It involves deep one-on-one conversations, designed to get people out of their comfort zones.

Research suggests psychological safety is crucial in the work environment. There is much more to project team success than simply focusing on the task at hand. Team members need to talk regularly, and be comfortable raising difficult issues. Feeling able to make a mistake and express oneself freely improves team performance and the ability to innovate. Building psychological safety takes time, however, and normal workplace interactions may not be conducive to developing trust naturally. Which is why managers often turn to team-building exercises. This talk will focus on an approach that takes a fraction of the time of standard team building, but delivers significant results.

Presented by Associate Professor Julien Pollack 

This session is part of Postgraduate Info Evening in the CBD. Register here.

Event details



Masterclass for the Master of Project Management

Where
Hilton Sydney
488 George Street 
Sydney, NSW 2000 
When

4 December 2019


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