Team Building (The science of working together)


Enhanced levels of teamwork skills will benefit the team as a whole because it:

  • fosters creativity and learning, blends complementary strengths, & builds trust
  • lessens, mitigates, and redirects conflict productively,
  • promotes a wider sense of ownership, and
  • increases the extent the workplace is ‘psychologically-safe’ and reduces the risks of not being so.


High-Performing teams tend to exhibit more of the following characteristics more often:

  • clear and consistently-understood purpose, appropriate informality, & proactive participation,
  • active listening,
  • earned trust & civilised disagreement, consensus decisions, & open communication,
  • clear roles especially when tasks intersect with other teams,
  • shared leadership,
  • external relations managed deliberately, diverse responsibilities, and self-assessment.


You’ll see a variety of learning strategies: cooperative / collaborative, constructive, experiential, Socratic, accelerated learning. Participants will experience rotation of paired / small group work, the creation or completion of partial existing content to adapt it to their own situations, the tactical use of purposeful questions to guide people to self-discovery rather than just telling, intermittent problem-solving team-based challenges, a welcoming learning environment that gets the learners and their brains ready to learn.

As part of addressing ever-diverse groups, as well as being generally wise principles of learning, I also draw on principles from the field of Maori education:

  • Ako (Learners also learn when they teach others)
  • Poutama (Like a ladder, learning needs to climb on previous learning)
  • Te Whare Tapa Wha (The learner’s needs need to be met across multiple dimensions: physical, mental, emotional, social)
  • Tuakana Teina (‘buddy system’)

People are different and some topics lend themselves to being best delivered by particular styles. Therefore, what you get is variety, and a professional, experienced facilitator able to take examples and scenarios from the real-world of the participants and workshop them together in real-time, as opposed to didactic linear delivery of generic content. These methods ensure a productive, effective, and efficient balance between the delivery of academic content, and a practical and relevant session that is engaging, memorable, and interactive.


"Terry is fantastic. Not only is he bringing his own skills, experience, and ideas to any engagement, but he is expert at helping your own team discover its hidden gems. I wouldn’t pigeonhole Terry into sales or any particular discipline. He has a wider perspective of business success that will benefit any team!" - Sean Mitchell, Publisher, TechDay

"Terry is a fabulous speaker and I highly recommend him to help your business. His words are especially valuable when your team are going on a change journey. He does a wonderful job of helping your team create a resilient mindset and be ready to tackle the future with courage and persistence". - Stephanie Pretorious, Improvement & innovation, Intent Group

“I have just completed one of our workshops facilitated by Terry and found it one of the most memorable ones I’ve done in a long time. He was informative, engaging, and challenged our group's thinking throughout the day. I can’t wait for the next one" - Shaun Vaughan, Distribution Partner Manager, Red Bull

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