Effective Teams

Effective teams don’t just happen—there are typical attributes that can be discovered and replicated to increase the health and productivity of your organisation. Learn what these attributes are.
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Neuroscience for Teams

Everyone has clearly identifiable psychological needs that have to be satisfied before the needs of the organisation. We have to play by the rules of the brain for teams to be enjoyable, sustainable, and productive. Learn what these essential needs are.
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When I ask people what’s the secret of highly effective teams I get a variety of opinions:

  • “It’s solid leadership”,
  • “The right combination of team players”,
  • “Good incentives”,  or
  • “Strict guidelines”,

and so on—all of which have some merit but can be vague and incomplete. What we need is a good grasp of human behaviour and build a model of highly effective teams from that understanding. Creating a model that sounds good with little understanding of our basic psychological needs is not going to facilitate highly effective teams.

We have to play by the rules of the brain for teams to be enjoyable, sustainable, and productive.

In my role as a psychotherapist I see the negative impact of poorly managed companies, departments, and teams. And the impact is not only on the companies productivity but on the mental well-being of workers and their families. I’m on a mission to change that.

I want you to be clear on why people do not want to go to work and why they don’t give their best—even in industries where they feel they are called to or have a passion for. Why would this be so? The answer is ‘culture’ and the reason is a neurobiological one.

My passion is to help facilitate great cultures in workplaces that inspire people to bring their best to the table, who love to go to work, who are fulfilled and inspired and feel they are making a difference to the world. How great would it be if more people loved what they do and do it brilliantly because they feel they have found their place, their niche, there family in the corporate world?

  • Families would be happier,
  • companies would be more profitable,
  • and the world would be a better place!

IMG_1741As a neuropsychotherapist I’ve studied the neurobiology and psychology of what we need to bring our very best to the table and the principles are not that difficult to grasp because we all have the same needs and we all basically work in the same way—across cultures, across genders, across age groups. When I talk to leaders I lift the lid on these factors that allow you, as a leader, to get the best out of people—not in a manipulative way, but in a way that will perpetuate a culture that is massively productive and attractive to be part of.

There is an old-school way of management that just doesn’t cut it in this day and age. I want to guide you into a new paradigm of working with people that will revolutionise your workplace and business.

We all know that the bottom line is the bottom line and we never lose sight of this fact—business needs to turn a profit—but the old-guard practices of extracting the most out of people is not working for this generation and there is a better way. It’s a way that is validated by the latest neuroscience, and as the Editor-inChief of the magazine The Neuropsychotherapist, I know very well that we have to play by the rules of brain function to have a well developed team.

Matthew Dahlitz

How I Work

I work with teams and organisations on an individual and tailored manner. This is very different to me coming in with a half or full day slideshow presentation of generic material. Your team and organisation are unique, with unique challenges, and to get the best value out of our time together we need to get to those specific challenges as soon as possible. That doesn’t happen if your team have to sit through a day of powerpoint presentations.

I first sit down with team leaders and then the team to get an appreciation of the challenges you are facing and where you would like to be. Then I will formulate the best approach that will typically involve 1:1 and team sessions (either in person or online) and select online training units. There is feedback and evaluation of both my input and the participation and transformation of the team.

But we have to be a good fit and I need to know that the problems you want solved are within the scope of my expertise. Therefore we need to go through an interview process before we talk about a contract. If you are interested in changing your team’s dynamics for happier staff and more productive work, then please fill out the form below.

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