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If you are interested in purchasing copies of Extraordinary Groups (Wiley, 2009) or components of Extraordinary Teams (HRDQ, 2014), here are useful links.

Bring Extraordinary Teaming to Your Organization!

In 2005, Geoffrey Bellman and Kathleen Ryan were curious about three questions:

  • Why do some groups achieve amazing results while most do not?
  • What do extraordinary teams have in common?
  • What can be done to create these remarkable teams more often?

For over a decade, these two along with colleague, Kevin Coray, have been observing, researching, facilitating, leading, writing about, and participating in amazing teams. They offer a suite of products that will support you as you conduct your own pursuit of what goes into such exemplary groups.  Each is described here along with links to sources for purchase.

Extraordinary Teams Materials

Extraordinary Groups:  How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results (Wiley, 2009)

Experienced consultants and authors, Geoffrey Bellman and Kathleen Ryan pass along what they learned during their field study and their long experience consulting with teams and organizations. Their book:

  • Introduces a new approach for creating extraordinary experiences and results in teams
  • Identifies the key characteristics that define exceptional teams
  • Describes the Group Needs Model (now referred to as Six Aspirations) for encouraging extraordinary experiences and team success
  • Serves as a timely resource for anyone who leads groups including HR and OD professionals, managers, executives, nonprofit managers and directors, virtual teams leaders, and trainers

Chapters are filled with models, practical tools, examples, exercises, and actions. Twenty stories from the field illustrate key points. The book offers readers 26 strategies, 83 action steps, and 110 reflective questions.

Extraordinary Teams (HRDQ, 2014)

This comprehensive training package, co-authored by Kathleen Ryan, Kevin Coray, and Geoff Bellman, is designed to take your team’s performance from ordinary to extraordinary. Extraordinary Teams offers an in-depth examination of how exemplary teams work to achieve their goals. It serves as a catalyst for team discussions, decision-making, and action steps for moving toward a higher level of performance and an increased sense of personal fulfillment.

Extraordinary Teams is comprised of four components:

The Extraordinary Teams Inventory (ETI)

Valid and reliable on-line assessment tool of about 40 questions that takes less than 15 minutes to complete. Team members are asked to rate their team experience when it comes to Compelling Purpose, Embracing Difference, Full Engagement, Strengthened Relationships, and Profound Learning. The ETI team results are displayed along a scale that moves from Ordinary to Solid to Extraordinary performance.

A Team Report summarizes team members’ responses to the assessment questions. Each of the five indicators of an extraordinary team are defined; average team scores are presented for each indicator as well as for each question. This pdf format report is sent to the team facilitator or leader who then duplicates the material for each team member. This report is the catalyst for team members’ discussions about their team experience.

For background information on the ETI, see Kevin Coray’s articles in our Resources section.

A Facilitator Guide

A 77-page binder filled with background information on the development of the ETI, statistical documentation, and an annotated workshop design for a 4 hour meeting in which teams discuss their ETI report and make decisions about how to move ahead. Extensive guidance is offered to the facilitators or team leaders who will be facilitating this session. A set of PowerPoint slides is included as well as a sample of the Workbook.

A Participant Workbook

A 40-page booklet designed for team members. Designed to accompany the workshop described in the Facilitator Guide, this workbook provides space for team members to take notes, capture reflections, and record decisions. It also provides 30 specific suggestions for actions that will increase a team’s capacity.