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Leading Effective Team Performance

Advanced interpersonal and leadership skills to build and manage teams that perform when it matters most.

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Drawing on best practice in sport and industry and working experientially through an engaging simulation, you'll learn to create and lead high-performing teams in complex, fast-moving settings

Build high-performing teams

Teams drive business performance and organisational success. A high-performing team operating at maximum potential can increase productivity, efficiency and effectiveness while helping generate new opportunities for the future. Yet, although critical, creating and leading a high-performance team can be highly challenging, especially in uncertain and fast-moving business environments.

Working with leading experts from business and sport, and employing an engaging simulation, this programme will give you the insights and hands-on experience to help you build and lead teams that can make a real difference to your business. You will have opportunities to assess your own team leadership challenges as you explore complex team-working dynamics in an engaging and revealing simulation.

Who should attend

The programme is aimed at anyone who has, or is likely to have, responsibility for leading a team or multiple teams in a complex and changing environment.

What the programme covers

Drawing on examples from both sport and industry, the programme will consider:
- the importance of teams; the difference between good and great
- team roles and responsibilities
- building effective team relationships
- effective team engagement
- team leadership – experience and impact
- decision-making styles and their consequences
- managing conflict and dilemmas
- team dynamics and longer-term strategic issues
- building teams in diverse contexts.

Day 1

  • Introduction
  • Current thinking on effective team-working and leadership
  • Lessons from sport – Nigel Laughton
  • Your experiences and preferred team roles
  • Building team relationships
  • Team challenge
  • Simulation
    • Introduction
    • Teamwork context and legacy issues
    • First analysis of the simulation in teams
    • Exploration, debate and key learning points in plenary
    • Mindsets and assumptions

Day 2

  • Review
  • Team engagement
  • Second analysis of the simulation in teams
  • Exploration, debate and key learning points in plenary
  • Team leadership
  • Decision making and managing conflict and dilemmas
  • Team-working in complex, uncertain and diverse contexts – Jens Roehrich
  • Team-working and organisation context
  • Epilogue and learning from the simulation mission
  • Reflecting on your team-working and leadership experiences and future plans
  • Conclusion

How you will benefit

  • Enhanced self-awareness.
  • Enhanced insights into people and problem-solving dynamics.
  • Challenged existing mindsets and assumptions.
  • Greater confidence to manage challenging and complex situations.
  • Broader strategic thinking.
  • Advanced leadership, team working and interpersonal skills.

How your organisation will benefit

  • Greater productivity through effectively challenging existing norms.
  • Greater collaboration across organisational boundaries.
  • A clear approach to decision making in complex circumstances.
  • A more integrated approach to support organisational strategy.
  • Less wasted effort through enhanced critical thinking capabilities.

Fees, dates and location


Two-day programme: £1,200.


2020 dates to be confirmed


The programme is run at University of Bath in London, 83 Pall Mall.

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Dr Trevor Long

Dr Trevor Long has 35 years' experience in management consultancy and education. After embarking on an MBA programme, he became an independent management consultant and educator. Over the last 25 years he has had extensive experience working with a wide variety of organisations, including HMRC, BBC, IBM and The British Army and in countries, including the USA, Caribbean, South Africa, New Zealand and across Europe. Focusing primarily on organisational strategy, people development, leadership and the dynamics of change. Trevor's doctoral research built on his interests in organisational effectiveness, with a particular passion for helping organisations and individuals to develop positive people engagement and relationships for effective business performance.

Professor Jens Roehrich

Professor Jens Roehrich is Associate Professor in Operations and Supply Management and Director of the Centre for Research in Strategic Purchasing and Supply (CRiSPS). Jens has worked in Austria, Germany, South Africa and the USA. He has carried out research, consultancy, executive education and competence development activities with a wide range of public and private sector organisations such as Arup, Maersk, Augusta Westland, Carillion, GKN, NHS PASA and Veolia.

Nigel Laughton

Nigel Laughton is a sports leader currently mentoring elite athletes from a wide variety of sports. Nigel was formerly Performance Director of British Skeleton and Team Leader for Team GB at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Since then, he has been Pentathlon GB’s CEO and been responsible for setting up England Cricket’s High-performance Centre at Loughborough and managing six England A tours. He was also Rugby Operations Director at Bath Rugby for three seasons. He was heavily involved, as Head of Cricket, for the early editions of the Indian Premier League and setting up the Champions League T20 and worked for the ICC in the sub-continent on the Cricket World Cup in 2011.

Prior to his career in sports administration, Nigel served for nine years in the 1st Battalion The Black Watch and as an army helicopter pilot. He was educated at Oxford University.