Students in A Team

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The purpose of high performance team work is to help you understand and describe key competencies you are developing in preparation for life, learning and career. Teamwork and collaboration is a primary outcome across countries, associations, employers and within higher education.

These are Royal Road's five core competencies of teamwork:

 1. Personal Awareness

  • Identify individual contributions to team, exploring leadership, values, strengths and interests
  • Identify and plan individual goals for work to be accomplished together
  • Identify own personality style using personality inventory tools
  • Share and discuss personality and character strengths from personality inventory results with team

 2. Working with others

  • Consider diverse, cross-cultural perspectives and working styles
  • Identify and discuss individual strengths and contributions to team
  • Create an outline of roles and responsibilities and how each will be fulfilled
  • Develop a team agreement that states collective team and individual expectations, behaviour and conduct, team agreements, roles and responsibilities
  • Work effectively with different personalities across a variety of social and professional situations
  • Use Team Assignment Plan (TAP) for team planning and process

3. Inclusive Communication

  • Establish preferred online communication platform for open and consistent communication
  • Practice inclusive communication between all team members, including mutual inquiry, effective questioning, reflective and active listening
  • Show commitment to the team's purpose and goals
  • Establish and follow timeline for work to be completed independently and together as a team

 4. Problem-solving and Conflict Resolution

  • Accept and provide feedback in a constructive and considerate way
  • Schedule time for revisions and complete prior to submission of assignment
  • Attend reflective check-in meetings with team coach

 5. Reflection and Feedforward

  • Recognize the role of conflict when appropriate
  • Apply problem solving and conflict resolution skills to improve team process
  • Individually complete ITP Conflict Management Style and share in team
  • Approach conflict directly, tactfully and ethically

As you work within your team, consider the interconnectedness of your team work, education, life and career.

Teamwork and collaboration is a core competency that is required by employers and within higher education. Team-based learning is a key component of Royal Roads University's Learning, Teaching and Research Model, and working in teams is a key component of each programs' curriculum.

Team Coaching is dedicated to supporting you to develop key competencies through the experience of working in teams.  Your teamwork experiences at Royal Roads are valuable not only for your education outcomes, but are transferable to personal and professional outcomes. Team coaches prepare you to be impactful and successful in diverse team environments during your studies at Royal Roads University and within the community.

Royal Roads University integrates collaboration and teamwork as core competencies to be developed to prepare students for both life and career transition.

Student and Team Development:

  • Develop self-awareness of team members
  • Establish an understanding of group dynamics and diversity; respectful of different cultures and values
  • Identify individual contributions to team, such as leadership style, values and strengths
  • Create and enforce a team agreement that consists of a shared goal, aims and values that guide individual and team collaboration
  • Understand and create a team agreement of roles and responsibilities and how each will be fulfilled
  • Demonstrate the ability to give, receive and integrate feedback
  • Demonstrate the ability to proactively use check-ins to measure success
  • Implement time for revisions, to ensure common purpose and goal is achieved
  • Celebrate and reflect on collective experiences that showcase contributions, achievements and challenges