Group Dynamics

A group of smart people are brought together under a team leader and tasked with accomplishing important things for the organization. What happens next? Sadly, many groups fail to deliver what they are capable of delivering—or deliver it at great personal cost and/or turnover.

Why? Usually because the person in charge did not understand the principles of group dynamics or how to create and lead a high-performing (HP) team.

John Scherer and his colleagues (like Peter Vaill, John Adams and Art McNeil) have studied and worked with groups that had to become HP teams—and fast. The characteristics of HP teams are clear, and the process for getting there is simple. It’s hard, but it’s simple. What makes it hard is that everyone—including the team leader and every team member—has to give up something, usually something they don’t want to let go of, like the illusion of certainty, or control, or not being responsible. But it can be done and done relatively quickly if everyone is committed. WiserAtWork will show you how to turn your group into a high-performing team.

'When we started out as a group of 16 people from different companies coming together in a three-way merger, we could hardly stand to be in the same room with each other. Within a matter of days, using principles that John and his colleague, Amy Barnes, taught us, we were working together so well that when the CEO dropped in for a visit he said, “I can’t tell who is from which company!” What we accomplished together in guiding significant portions of a complex merger process still amazes me—and our colleagues at work.’ – Aga Kropacz, Organization Effectiveness Team Member at Netia, S.A. (Warsaw, Poland)  


Examples of materials in this section:


  • Developing Great Meeting Facilitators
  • How to Ensure Follow-Through
  • Five Degrees of Empowerment
  • Rate This Meeting
  • STRIPES series

And many more. . .


Read about Personal/Leadership Development HERE.

Read about Leading Change HERE.