Tailor-Made, verifiable CPD to help dental practices be more successful -
AND boost the productivity, motivation and PRIDE of all team members
In our courses we use a variety of Teamworking Tasks which we have created ourselves, so can easily adapt and modify them, including when a practice wishes to purchase a kit to deliver training themselves - D.I.Y. So we have set up a production line for the 7 most popular Tasks which we don’t just provide "off the shelf"; we discuss a practice's needs and refine the Tasks to meet them
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Kits incude a Tutor's Brief with clear instructions on how to prepare, deliver and debrief the Task. Also included is a master copy of the delegates' brief and copies of the Teamwork Behaviour Checklist for debriefs; the books "Share, Care, Communicate" and "A Little Book of Epigrams"; (up to 12 copies of books, for more see Books for sale); and, of course, the relevant "hardware" - see details of each Task below. Prices include vat but exclude postage/shipping.
A great task for helping staff engage with each other and learn and practise key skills - especially LISTENING and DEBATING, as well as TEAMWORKING. In Part 1 individuals choose 12 out of 30 items to take with them on a mission to the moon and then, in Part 2, having made their individual choices, the team or teams must discuss and AGREE on 12 items to take - and prioritise them!
In preparation for this Task EVERY member of the practice team must anonymously complete a questionnaire scoring 12 "symptoms" of effective teamwork. The Practice Manager or Principal or whoever is going to facilitate the training/practice meeting, then collates the scores to identify the team's strengths and weaknesses. The results are then presented to the team for discussion and debate and, hopefully, AGREEMENT on an action plan on how to improve.
The facilitator issues laminated Reference Cards and explains the principles of Experiential Profiling (from detailed Tutor's Brief) Team members then pair up to each select 2 or 3 "Personality Types" from each of the Bright AND Dark sides that best describe how they believe they project as personalities. There is then a round table "group therapy" session with each individual learning HOW they can maximise their effectiveness as team players and communicators.
The aim for this task is to maximise PROFIT. Each team is issued with a box of Lego pieces and 3 Profit Graphs illustrating how much money they would earn depending on how many bricks they use, the height of their tower and the time they take to build it. It requires real teamworking, especially in challenging the ASSUMPTIONS people WILL be making!
In this task teams, using Scrabble letters, have to make up words of specific lengths - with dental words counting double!. Each team is issued with a box of Scrabble tiles and they can add to these in a variety of ways - egs buying, or an auction between teams for valuable letters like a Z or a blank. Teams need to read the "small print" carefully to work out how to score highly - and again, watch out for the ASSUMPTIONS that will distract them!
At least two competing teams need to collaborate to assemble a 500 piece jigsaw in about an hour! The puzzle is however, split into 20 sections with teams allocated the sections they are responsible for; and each piece has a number on its back to help with assembly. But teams are not issued with their sections - they have to earn them by going on a “treasure hunt”!
A great task for bringing everyone together and getting over the message that, no matter what your individual and “small team” roles might be in the practice, everyone has to communicate and co-operate to maximise results.
The aim of the Task is to maximise profit by building a flagpole flying balloons from the top of it - with the height and the number of balloons and the time taken as the measurements. Included in each kit are 100 balloons; poles of varying widths and strengths sufficient to design and build a base and then erect a 50 feet balloonpole; varying widths and lengths of string and rope; scissors.
An option In the Planning Phase is to hold an AUCTION between teams for materials. So by the time of the auction teams need to have a very specific strategy - for how much they can afford to spend versus the potential rewards. And negotiating before and after the auction is allowed.
Also for sale for D.I.Y. are our range of reference books