Teams of Distinction

Lawrence Polsky

Teams of Distinction has helped over 30,000 leaders on 5 continents get the best out of their teams. Our customers tell us that they receive a 200-6600% ROI from our services. Leadership and team-building is all about creating a dynamic team that works well together and capitalizes on each team member's knowledge, talents, and abilities. Often, communication between leaders and their teams gets compromised in service to reaching the goals of the company. We have in-depth experience and an outstanding track record of fast, sustained results with Healthcare & Life Sciences, High Tech, Government, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Oil & Gas, and Energy.

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  • COURSES: Making Meetings Matter

    Your meetings are a predictor of your company performance. Engaging, productive meetings mean your organization is in sync, honest, and productive. Meetings that seem like a waste of time with very little to show for them means weak leadership, poor communication, and most likely an underperforming organization. Based on our work with teams around the globe, we have developed a highly interactive 1 day program for to get the most out of your meetings and your teams. Topics include: *When to meet and when NOT to meet *4 types of meetings and which to use when *Preparing for successful meetings *Meeting manners and etiquette *Handling conflict and disruptive behavior such as negativity and disengagement. *Strategies specifically for making virtual meetings work *Ending meetings to ensure action and follow-up Contact us for more details and how we can tailor this program for your needs.
  • PRODUCTS: "360-Degree Feedback" - SWING

    The Swing 360 feedback assessment focuses on the leader’s ability to lead their team to achieve “swing.” “Swing” is the system of achieving near-perfect synchronicity while having an extraordinary impact on corporate productivity and efficiency. We'll show you where to focus your efforts to put the swing in your team!
  • PRODUCTS: “Swing” Assessment

    Do you think your team has room for improvement to reach the goal of near-perfect synchronicity? What improvements would your team need for you to rate it a perfect 10? Swing is the system of achieving near-perfect synchronicity while having an extraordinary impact on corporate productivity and efficiency. Teams with swing are greater than the sum of their parts. They do not need to be threatened, cajoled, or bribed to outperform. We will create a baseline swing analysis of your team, determine your team's mission-critical thinking, its aspirational ambitions, its internal combustion, and more. We'll show you where to focus your efforts to put the swing in your team.
  • SPEAKERS: 9 Ways You Are Destroying Your Team – And What to Do About It – by Teams of Distinction

    What is your team doing that destroys teamwork? Creating unreasonable time constraints? Insulting innovation and discouraging mistakes? Not involving the team until the last minute? Not defining who does what? Do you let corporate politics get in the way of progress? Do you establish roadblocks to virtual collaboration? Do you send mixed messages about team priorities? Do you motivate with rewards and recognition? Do you and your colleagues trust each other? One of these alone is enough to cripple your team. Combine them and you destroy your team. They create miserable workplaces and demolish productivity. Learn how to do the opposite. Learn how to create a pumped-up, focused, enthusiastic team of distinction able to take on the world!
  • SPEAKERS: Shaping Talented People into a Successful Team – by Teams of Distinction

    Does your team have "swing?" Do the people who report to you work as a team in near-perfect synchronization, unified in mission, achieving outstanding results? How do you know? A lot of talented individuals doing a good job doesn’t mean they are a high-performing team. They can simply be a collection of high-performing individuals. A true team is more like a crew team: each of the people in the boat is doing the same thing in exact unison. Learn how to develop your crew into a true team operating at world-class level. Learn how to develop these characteristics that define a team with "swing": • fierce pride • succeeding and failing together • synchronization • a mind of their own • aspirational ambition.
  • SPEAKERS: 5 Ways to Be a True Team – by Teams of Distinction

    Many work teams are only teams on paper. Just because a group is labeled a team doesn't mean they are operating as one. In reality, they undermine each other, are afraid of their manager; and lack strong leadership. And yet they wonder why they are not productive and happy. • Learn the 5 things you can do to create a real team, to build a team where team members feel connected to something larger than themselves and feel positive about working together towards shared goals. • Learn how to develop a team to have productive debate with each other. • Learn how a team leverages the positive. • Learn how to find the best in each other and each situation.
  • COURSES: 5 Ways to Be a True Team – by Teams of Distinction

    Many work teams are only teams on paper. Just because a group is labeled a team doesn't mean they are operating as one. In reality, they undermine each other, are afraid of their manager; and lack strong leadership. And yet they wonder why they are not productive and happy. • Learn the 5 things you can do to create a real team, to build a team where team members feel connected to something larger than themselves and feel positive about working together towards shared goals. Be a leader that sets the culture by being honest and talking up people. • Learn how to develop a team to have productive debate with each other, to have a fundamental commitment to tell the truth to each other and work in the spirit of creating the best results possible. • Learn how teams leverage the positive. Have a team that interacts positively and restrains themselves from insulting and hurting each other. Learn to find the best in each other and each situation.
  • COURSES: Shaping Talented People into a Successful Team – by Teams of Distinction

    Does your team have "swing?" Do the people who report to you work as a team in near-perfect synchronization, unified in mission, achieving outstanding results? A lot of talented individuals doing a good job doesn’t mean they are a high-performing team. They can simply be a collection of high-performing individuals. A true team is more like a crew team: each of the people in the boat is doing the same thing in exact unison. We can show you how to develop your crew into a true team operating at world-class level. We can help you develop characteristics that define a team with "swing": * fierce pride * synchronization * a mind of their own *aspirational ambition. Such a team will * collaborate to create a breakthrough innovation, * support each other through the challenges of a new market, a new strategy or reorganization and * raise each other’s results through pushing, prodding, and cheerleading. Don't be complacent and accept your group of talented individuals. Aim higher!
  • COURSES: 9 Ways You Are Destroying Your Team – And What to Do About It – by Teams of Distinction

    What is your team doing that destroys teamwork? Creating unreasonable time constraints? Insulting innovation and discouraging mistakes? Not involving the team until the last minute? Not defining who does what? Do you let corporate politics get in the way of progress? Do you establish roadblocks to virtual collaboration? Do you send mixed messages about team priorities? Do you motivate with rewards and recognition? Do you and your colleagues trust each other? One of these alone is enough to cripple your team. Combine them and you destroy your team. They create miserable workplaces and demolish productivity. Learn how to do the opposite. Learn how to create a pumped-up, focused, enthusiastic team of distinction able to take on the world!
  • SPEAKERS: Lawrence Polsky – Teams of Distinction

    Mr. Polsky spent 20 years in OD & Learning, teaching more than 10,000 professionals worldwide before co-founding Teams of Distinction. With a Master’s in Organization Development and a life-long education in human behavior (beginning at the age of 9 at the kitchen table), Mr. Polsky has been a life-long student of human behavior in and out of the workplace and prides himself on bringing his kitchen-table wisdom to boardroom roundtables.
  • CONSULTANTS: Teams of Distinction: Team Building and Executive Coaching

    The greatest delta in business is the difference between the performance of a group of people working together and the achievements of a fully synchronized team. Which raises an interesting point: do you really have a team focused with determination and espirit de corps on a singular mission? Or has your group devolved into factions, caught up in internal debates or lacking energy and morale that leverages The Power Of Collaboration. Our programs are specially customized for each client to transform your team into a Team Of Distinction: those that move past the buzzwords and the clichés to put people in motion to achieve their personal and collective best. Over 30,000 leaders on 5 continents have profited from our Team Building and Executive Coaching programs. Our customer research shows that, we achieve a 200%-6,600% ROI from applying our proprietary methodologies. Clients include Pfizer, NASA, Bayer, Dell, Walmart, UBS and others.
  • SPEAKERS: Team Building: 5 Steps to Become a Team of Distinction

    When you look closely, is your company really teamless? Of course you have people at their desks who do their work, but are they galvanized into a team that is greater than the sum of its parts? Do they have momentum? Is the culture electric? Are they caught up in internal debates? The hard truth is that when cultures lose the magic of true teamwork, they begin to devolve into Teams Of Extinction. The goal is to reverse this slide into mediocrity and to revitalize the culture so that it evolves into a Team Of Distinction. If your team has split into factions, is caught up in internal debates or lacking energy and morale that leverages the power of collaboration, you NEED this course. Join award winning and international expert in maximizing team performance, Lawrence Polsky, for a powerful course where you’ll learn the tools you need to create a true Team Of Distinction!
  • SPEAKERS: Fire Up the Engines: The Five Gears to Keep Your Team Out of the Pits

    The pace of change is unrelenting. And you have to get your team to change gear on a dime. What if they could do it themselves without you having to push the clutch for them? What if they were ready to tackle any road no matter how steep and curvy? In this inspirational speech, based on the research in Rapid Retooling (ASTD Press, 2013) and case studies from leading companies such as Cisco, FedEx, Staples, Google, BMW, McDonalds, the US Patent Office, The City of New York, UBS, you will learn how to create a team that looks at change as a way of life. Fire up the engine and get ready to put your team into top gear.
  • SPEAKERS: 5 Change Dangers when Leading Change and How to Avoid Them

    Through this highly interactive and hands on program, leaders will: ? Know how to address the fact that 77% of people worldwide are skeptical of any work change ? Understand how to engage the 81% of employee who say 'yes' to change but don't really mean it. ? Develop skills to overcome resistance to change ? Identify strategies to build trust ? Learn 4 strategies to handle any change conflict Material drawn from our books: Rapid Retooling, Perfect Phrases for Communicating Change (McGraw-Hill); and PeopleNRG’s 2011 & 2012 Global Best Practices Research. Speech given at Dell, Association for Change Management Professionals, Swiss Reinsurance, Bayer and others
  • SPEAKERS: Just F Em: Conflict Resolution at Work

    Conflict is full of F words. People are thinking (and may be saying) F words. There is a lot of Feeling involved. There is also a natural reaction to Fight or Flee. And sometimes, people may Freeze and not know what to say. Given all these F words, why not just F'em back? Based on our best-selling book Perfect Phrases for Conflict Resolution (McGraw-Hill), this highly engaging and entertaining speech shows you how to use 4 F words to resolve any conflict successfully including how to. • Fight, Friend, Face, and Forget • Navigate any conflict by using the right F word, at the right time • Lead yourself and others through the 4 Steps Conflict Resolution Process • Implement Surprising Strategies to Start any Difficult Discussion • Handle Emotions: Yours and Theirs
  • PRODUCTS: Rapid Retooling

    Rapid Retooling shows readers how to constantly and rapidly adapt—or “retool”—themselves, their employees, and their organization business models to keep pace with technology and economic events. By implementing the strategies and tools presented in the book readers will forge a workplace culture that is flexible, resilient, and aware of events that affect its business.
  • COURSES: Leadership Development: 5 Steps to Become a Team of Distinction

    Does your team have SWING? Near perfect synchronization, unified in mission, achieving outstanding results. "Swing" is the optimal synchronicity of effort, which originated from an Olympic Gold medal winning crew Team, meaning rowers in crew boat are moving in perfect harmony, as if they are one. With employees from different work functions, cultures and background, the best leaders are the ones who can create "swing". How? *Create a mission, not a job *Consistently aim higher *Internal combustion or harnessing the desire to succeed *Team thinks and acts without leader *Leveraging employees talents and ambitions Teams of Distinction has built a proud reputation as a leading team-building and executive coaching firm, where The Power of Collaboration turns ‘groups of people working together’ into fully synchronized teams. Teams of Distinction’s programs are specially customized for each client to transform their teams.
  • PRODUCTS: Perfect Phrases for Communicating Change

    This bestselling McGraw-Hill book is 160 pages packed with practical methods and phrases for handling change situations such as new structures, projects, strategy, introducing yourself as a new leader, and handling resistence.
  • PRODUCTS: Say YES! to Change: 27 Strategies for Motivating Yourself and Your Team

    Say YES! to Change is packed with stories, tips & ideas to help stay motivated during change. Written by Lawrence Polsky, co-author Perfect Phrases for Communicating Change (McGraw-Hill). He has instructed thousands of people on 5 continents.
  • SPEAKERS: Say YES! to Change

    Based on the bestselling book, Say YES! to Change: 27 Strategies to Motivate Yourself and Others, this keynote This keynote inspires leaders who are in the midst of organizational change and looking for new ways to motivate and engage themselves and their employees to take an active part in making the change work. The program lays out innovative yet pragmatic ideas which encourage employees to buy-in to change, increase commitment to change, and result in higher productivity during the turbulent times of organizational change. We tailor this program based on the needs of your audience through our Pre-Program questionnaire. Version of this speech given at Dell, Bayer, NASA, US Army and others.
  • SPEAKERS: The YES! Attitude: A 1-hour Keynote

    Your leadership and employees are counting on you for enthusiasm and commitment. But you are only human: change is stressful and puts a strain on even the best professionals. How can you stay positive through the challenges of change? This keynote inspires leaders in the midst of change. With stories of real people who used the YES! Attitude successfully, and fun interactive activities, leaders learn how to engage themselves and their employees in making change work. We tailor this program based on the needs of your audience through our Pre-Program questionnaire. Companion e-book available Speech given at Dell, Bayer, NASA, The US Army and others
  • SPEAKERS: The 3 P's of Peak Performance: A 90-Minute Keynote

    Did you know that you and your employees are working 2 times harder than Olympic Gold Medalists? Imagine if you could all work half as hard AND achieve twice as much…You don’t have to imagine it. You can do it by using the 3 P’s outlined in this speech. Based on research of Olympic and Elite Athletes, learn the 3 things they do to keep motivated to achieve peak performance. And how you can apply them at work.
  • COURSES: Leading for Results – by Teams of Distinction

    If you are a manager who wants to inspire, influence and achieve optimum outcomes, this course is for you! This program strengthens fundamental leadership skills, examines various leadership styles and explores techniques for building high-performance work teams. In this highly interactive and hands on program, leaders will learn how to: • Set standards, expectations, and goals • Develop a high performing team • Flex their leadership style based on the situation • Align individual and organizational values • Build community to foster productivity • Mentor, coach and counsel employees • Delegating appropriately and effectively • Give effective feedback • Giving tough feedback • Follow NASA’s lead with positive feedback This highly interactive program is available as 1 or 2 day program. Program taught to thousands of leaders on 5 continents. For a detailed outline, contact us.
  • COURSES: Leading Change – by Authors Polsky & Gerschel

    Why do 70% of change efforts fail? The energy is missing. Think about it: • Lack of Urgency – There may be a good business case written up somewhere, but the urgency gets lost as the message is carried down the ranks. • Lack of Trust – Leaders are faced with tough questions about the changes. They get defensive or evasive. The end result is lost trust. • Lack of Communication – On top of that, employees get emotional and leaders don’t know how to handle it. Whether you are leading the change of a new structure, new titles, new pay, layoffs, new software, new strategy or introducing yourself as a new leader, this program will provide practical tools to succeed. Leveraging our best-selling books Perfect Phrases for Communicating Change (McGraw-Hill), Say YES! To Change (ebook), and our Global Research Studies on Change Best Practices, leaders will learn what to say and how to say it to build employee commitment and enthusiasm during change.
  • COURSES: NRGize Performance Now – by Teams of Distinction

    In this highly interactive and hands on program, leaders will learn how to: • Create clear agreements with employees about goals and actions • Energize employees by delegating appropriately • Give tough feedback to keep the changes on track • Follow NASA’s lead with positive feedback • Focus time on high/high performers not low/low performers • Coach associates to high performance • Focus on behavior, not attitude • Handle employee excuses • Gain recommitment to high performance Program led at Fortune 500 companies on 5 continents. Contact us for details.

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