Leading Effective Teams for New and Aspiring Team Leaders
Canadian International School of Beijing
May 16-17, 2020

Workshop Outline

Essential Question - What do we need to know and be able to do to build an effective team?

Over-Arching Goal - By the end of the workshop, participants will understand and have confidence to facilitate team meetings, identify team goals, as well as to develop and foster strong relationships with and amongst team members.

Target Audience - Primary and Secondary Team Leaders, such as Year and Subject Team Leaders, Pastoral Team Leaders and Coordinators.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Participants will explore the why, what, and how of Team Leadership
  • Participants will gain an understanding and appreciation of different leadership expectations
  • Participants will learn how to build consensus to identify the team purpose and goals.
  • Participants will practice effective communication skills.
  • Participants will gain an awareness of self and others and how to manage the disparity.
  • Participants will learn how to manage effective meetings, ensure equity and foster interdependence.

Workshop Preparation - The facilitator will survey each participant to understand their expectations, assess their familiarity with the proposed content and identify possible case material for activities. Participants will be given reading assignments in advance to ensure a common understanding of the content to be facilitated. The speaker will facilitate the workshop, meaning learning will be activated and reinforced through discussion and team planning, so participants must come prepared to talk about the teams they will lead.

DiSC Workplace Behavioral Survey – Participants will complete the DiSC Managers Behavioral Survey prior to the workshop. Participants’ customized Behavioral Profile reports will be reviewed in the workshop and ed throughout the workshop as a tool for developing greater awareness about self and other.

In order to motivate and influence our teams, we need to understand ourselves and how our priorities affect others. Influence is not about being pushy. Influence is about looking at the problem from the other person’s perspective and then explaining your own views in order to influence their decisions. If you want to be influential you need to be able to understand yourself and your reactions as well as understand other people’s perceptions. The DISC model groups four common behavioral patterns found universally in all people on earth. This simple four quadrant model is used to articulate the common ways that all human beings tend to act and communicate.

DiSC Outcomes:
  • DiSC provides a common language to help teams understand one another and work better together
  • Develop awareness of self and other to improve communication
  • Identify and hone key presentation skills
  • Improve confidence and influencing skills
  • Develop and hone Co-presentation skills
  • Reduce conflict and avoid misunderstandings
  • Demonstrate capacity to devise and deliver a compelling value proposition

Speaker Bio

Michael Iannini is an affiliated CIS consultant with the following areas of expertise:
  • Appraisal and professional development
  • Leadership training
  • School governance
  • Strategic planning

His journey in education began 20 years ago as a research assistant at Arizona State University’s Child Development Laboratory, where he honed his talent for developmental education. Following the conclusion of his tenure at ASU, Michael went on to work as a consultant for the Children’s Action Alliance and the Arizona State Government, sharing key insights on how to help children with special learning requirements.

Since moving to Asia, Michael has partnered with a number of Not-for-Profit Organizations, International Schools, and Chinese Bilingual schools to develop curriculum, train teachers, create parent engagement strategies, and consult leadership on staff capacity building strategies. His exhaustive efforts have helped nurture a long and mutually beneficial relationship with ACAMIS’ network of schools.

As a consultant, Michael’s main focus is helping schools help students through the arts of collaboration, consensus building, and successful organizational management. His diverse work experience (which spans the United States, China, India, and Hong Kong) has given him the ability to satisfy the needs of a diverse groups, develop cross-cultural leadership skills, and establish effective communication strategies.

2-Day Agenda

Day 1

Day 1 - Morning - Team Leader Orientation

WhatWhyCognitive FocusTime
  • Introduce facilitator
  • Provide overview of day (Year goals, workshop objectives, Essential questions)
  • Reivew Survey Results through facilitated dialog
  • Framing big picture
  • Personal connection
Start with Values
  • Foster participation early by allowing everyone to speak
  • Activate thinking around teams and collaboration
  • Surface values around leading and learning

  • Individual reflection
  • Small group dialogue
Implicit Leadership
  • An introduction to Implicit Leadership Theory will be given and an activity facilitated to demonstrate its application and in school's.
  • Adaptive Leadership

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Tuckman's Stages
  • Develop an understanding of how teams develop as they work towards achieving transformative goals.
  • Establish, Reinforce and Update Group Norms as your team evolves through various stages.
  • Team Development

LUNCH 12:0060
DiSC and Communication Skills
  • Personality Inventory Reports will be reviewed.
  • Build awareness how to mitigate barriers to communication.
  • Collaborative Communication
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Meeting Management
  • Agenda Setting
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Review Team Norms
  • Assertively address team norm infractions
  • Devise strategies, to be used in meetings, with Naysayers, Aggressors, Dominators, Attention Seekers and Avoiders
  • Assertive Communication

Day 2

Day 2 - Establishing and Reinforcing Team Purpose

WhatWhyCognitive FocusTime
Establishing Team Purpose
  • Participants will learn to facilitate a team visioning process
  • Goal Setting

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Professional Inquiry
  • Understand how to devise key focus questions that will guide action and yield data for continual development.
  • Continual Improvement

LUNCH - 12:0060
Experience Cube
  • Ladder of Inference
  • Problem-solve differences in understanding by tracing the origin.
  • Difficult Conversations

BREAK - 14:3015
Peer ConsultationParticipants will be introduced to protocols and use protocol to explore various leadership dilemmas they envision or have experienced.
  • Peer Coaching

Host School

Canadian International School of Beijing

38 Liangmaqiao Road, SanYuan Qiao, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China 100096
Tel: +86 10 6465 7788
Contact: Joey Creelman at joey.creelman@cisbeijing.com

Website: http://www.cisb.com.cn/

Hotel Reservation

The host school has recommended the following hotels:
A special rate is not guaranteed, but please let the contacts below know you are a guest of the host school and special consideration for a discount will be given.

Guangming Hotel (5 Minute walk to the school)
Address: No. 42 LiangMaQiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Phone: 010-84418050/8051
Reservations: gmfdbj@126.com

21st Century Hotel (Next door to the school)
Address: 40 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Phone: 010-6468 3311
Reservations: Mr. Xiao 13911867314

Website: http://www.21-hotel.com/en/index/

Notes with hotel reservation:
  • You need to make your own hotel reservation (or for your colleagues who are going to attend the workshop).
  • Transportation will not be provided during the workshop days. You and/or your colleague who registered the workshop will receive a notification email approximately a week before the conference with workshop information and direction to the host school.

Register Here!