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Building Powerful Teams

presented by Linda M. Shell, DNP, MA, RN

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Financial: Linda M. Shell receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Linda M. Shell has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Effective teams have been shown to improve patient outcomes, boost employee morale, and increase job satisfaction. However, team building is not a simple one-time activity that can be done in advance of a specific project, but rather an intentional, methodical process that requires time and attention. Identifying how teams work best and why they fail is mission critical to the success of any organization. The risk of not addressing these success factors is significant and will limit growth and impact all areas of the organization. This course will provide all professionals in any health care setting a foundation for exploring the process of building a team and creating specific conditions for team effectiveness and high performance, and specific tools for enhancing communication with team members.

Meet Your Instructor

Linda M. Shell, DNP, MA, RN

Dr. Linda Shell is an advanced practice nurse, consultant, and educator with a passion for developing leaders, delivering quality care, and challenging the status quo of long-term care. As principal of, she collaborates with organizations on education, leadership development, building resilience, fall prevention, dementia programming, and sleep improvement.   Dr. Shell has served on…

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1. Team Formation

This chapter takes a look through the five stages of team formation. Team members are key to accountability and achieving the outcomes of the organization. How does a leader get buy-in? This chapter will offer strategies into how leaders can build strong team formations.

2. Trust Building

Trust is the foundation of a strong, effective team but can be difficult to attain within organizational structures. This chapter will explore the importance of trust and offer tips for building trust between team members.

3. Conflict Management

Conflict can be a healthy component of team dynamics, as the best ideas often come from a healthy debate among team members. Not all team leaders or members are comfortable with conflict and often choose to avoid it. This chapter will discuss why conflict is healthy for teams, how team leaders can encourage healthy debate, and when too much conflict can be damaging to the team.

4. Effective Communication

Ineffective and inconsistent communication is a common complaint in most organizations. Communication is an important component of successful teams. This chapter will discuss methods and strategies for increasing communication amongst teams. Tips are given for building stronger teams in virtual work environments.

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