Getting Healthy

Mens Eight rowing team at the start of a regatta


Team health doesn’t just happen

The process of moving toward team health moves through five stages:


How healthy is your team?  What is your current potential for experiencing team conflict?  By taking these two ten-item surveys, you’ll get your first sense of the answer to these two questions.  To take the complimentary surveys, click on the links below:

  • Team Health Snapshot
    This brief ten-item snapshot gives you a preliminary reading on your team’s current health.

Once you’ve taken these two snapshots, you’ll have some idea of the current level of team health and conflict potential.  I’ll be notified when you take the snapshots and will contact you to set up a brief follow up to review your results with you.

Team Surveys / Team Reports

It’s hard to know where you need to improve without good current information that shows your current status.  The team snapshots gave you a quick idea of your conflict potential and current health as a team.  The more comprehensive team assessments provide a much more comprehensive and detailed analysis of current conditions.  In these two surveys given to each member of the team, you each answer questions related to conflict potential and health.  We combine your results and give you an accurate picture of how your team sees itself in a detailed team report.

  • Team Conflict Potential Survey
    Based on section one of Pushing Back Entropy, this team survey asks questions relevant to each aspect of conflict development.  This 46-item survey is taken anonymously by each team member.  Results are combined and reflected in a comprehensive 8-9 page Team Conflict Potential Report.  See sample report below:

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  • Team Health Survey
    Based on section two of Pushing Back Entropy, this team survey asks questions relevant to the five characteristics of healthy teams.  This 65-item survey is taken anonymously by each team member.  Results are combined and reflected in a comprehensive Team Health Report.  See sample report below:

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The two team reports generated from the more extensive surveys give your leadership team a sense of your current status.  These reports show your leadership team where your team is strong and where it needs additional focus.  I’ll review this report with you in an executive briefing as we together discuss the strategy for team health in these areas.  This is normally the first step toward health: self-awareness.

Shared Victory Intensive

One option for moving forward involves immersing the team in models of conflict prevention and team health.  Shared Victory is a two-day team intensive lab that lays out the road map for moving as a team away from conflict and toward health.  In this interactive environment, teams together explore the nature of conflict development and gain insights into preventing it.  They also learn a readily applicable model of team health that will guide their efforts going forward.  The lab is built around two theories (Demand Model of Conflict & Healthy Teams Model) and one assessment (Trimetrix EQ) that includes three key aspects of team members individual talent patterns and level of development.

Teams members benefit from personal insights derived from their TTI SI TrimetrixEQ Reports which show each member their unique:

  • Behavioral Style (DISC)
    This aspect of the report shows team members how they are uniquely wired behaviorally and how their style differs from others on the team.
  • Motivators

    This aspect of the report shows team members what motivates or drives them as well as what irritates them at a deeper level.
  • Emotional Intelligence
    This aspect of the report shows team members how much they have developed their EQ to date.

Here is a sample Trimetrix EQ Report that each participant receives as part of Shared Victory:

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Cultural Intervention

Shared Victory functions as an initial catalyst to get the team moving in a new and healthier direction.  There are no shortcuts to team health.  The adage, “pay me now or pay me later” continues to be true.  Teams serious about their health know that they need an ongoing focus on the goal to get where they want to be.  We normally recommend that teams utilize a longer-term follow up strategy to apply the models learned in Shared Victory.

In our experience, most teams will benefit from a longer-term focus (12-18 mos.) that allows the principles in Shared Victory to be applied over time.  In each area of conflict prevention and team health, the team encouraged and guided by the Coach applies the various principles in a way that transforms individual members and team culture.


As I’ve pointed out, the work is never “done.”  There is an ongoing need to reassess, review and reapply the models.  Many teams choose to enter into a health maintenance program as they move past the initial paradigm shift and attempt to establish permanent and ongoing cultural change.