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Creating High Performance Teams

Creating High Performance Teams


Teams are at the heart of organisational life and their effectiveness strongly influences the success of the enterprise overall. Striving for, and achieving, high performance in teams has therefore become a major business imperative, but bringing together individuals into a group and making them a cohesive and productive team is far from straightforward. The mix of differing personalities, skills, motivations, career aspirations, and leadership styles of individuals, as well as the complexities of the task and the process, means that building and shaping high performance teams is fraught with difficulty.

We will explore the key elements of a high performance team, drawing on examples from corporations, not-for-profits, consultancies and sports teams, among others. We shall look at the major areas of team roles and responsibilities, team dynamics, and team outcomes. We will look at the different kinds of people required to make a high performance team and the important elements in ensuring the dynamics of the team bring high performance. Dealing with conflict in teams and how to cope with difficult team members will also feature in the sessions. The programme provides the opportunity for participants to hear the latest research on these topics from Cambridge University and to develop the implications of the work for their own organisations.


  • The dynamics of high performance teams - what makes them good and what makes them difficult too
  • Dealing with conflict and difficult team members
  • High performance individuals and their preferences for teamwork
  • Getting the most out of individual team members
  • Team roles and responsibilities
  • How to increase communication effectiveness in teams


You'll learn from outstanding faculty and associates of Cambridge Judge Business School and gain a truly international experience from your global peer group.

Over the two days of this fast-paced and practical programme you will:

  • Develop new perspectives on how to manage teams
  • Explore the importance of high performance cultures
  • Understand how the segmentation of employees affects team practices
  • Develop an understanding of effective leadership in teams

This programme counts towards the Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement. On completing the GMCA you will be eligible to become an associate member of Cambridge Judge Business School's global network of graduates and business-focused University of Cambridge alumni, faculty and staff.

Who should attend

Anyone responsible for managing or developing teams, to improve performance and organisational effectiveness.

Faculty & speakers

Kishore Sengupta

Kishore Sengupta

Director of Executive Education and Reader in Operations Management

MBA, PhD (Case Western University)

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Philip Stiles

Philip Stiles

University Senior Lecturer in Corporate Governance

PhD (University of London)

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Gill Graves

Gill is an executive coach, facilitator and consultant in leadership and team development.

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Gill specialises in enabling individuals and organisations achieve their goals and realise their full potential.  Prior to founding Iridium, Gill was HRD Director of GSI Lumonics, a US high-tech company, with responsibility for Europe and Asia.  She has extensive hands-on international experience, gained within fast-growing, rapidly changing environments across a range of different cultures.

Gill founded Iridium in 2000 and has built an impressive and loyal client base through offering a high quality service. Current clients include: Vodafone, the Open University, Hiscox, the NHS, Ikea, Suffolk County Council, Norfolk and Suffolk Police and Cambridge Judge Business School.

Gill has an MBA from Warwick University and is a fellow of the CIPD. Her MA in Coaching and Mentoring is from Oxford Brookes University and is one of the few coaches in Europe to have been awarded Master Practitioner status with the EMCC. She is also a qualified supervisor of coaches with a Diploma in Coaching Supervision. 

Gill is a master practitioner and certified trainer of NLP, Level A and B accredited and qualified to use a range of psychometric instruments including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the Realise2 Strengths Tool, OPQ32, Talent Q and the Hay Emotional and Social Competence Inventory (ESCI) 360 degree feedback tool. Gill is also trained to black belt trainer level in Six Sigma quality and process improvement techniques.

Dates & fees

Dates Duration Fees *
27-28 June 2019 2 days £2,300 + VAT
26-27 September 2019 2 days £2,300 + VAT
21-22 November 2019 2 days £2,300 + VAT
19-20 March 2020 2 days £2,300 + VAT
29-30 June 2020 2 days £2,300 + VAT
24-25 September 2020 2 days £2,300 + VAT
12-13 November 2020 2 days £2,300 + VAT

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%; e.g. £2,300 + 20% = £2,760.

* Fees include instruction, materials, lunch and breaks. Preferential rates may be available for groups, University of Cambridge alumni and members of the School's Alumni Association. Please note prices pre-registration are subject to change.

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (pdf, 233KB) (updated 31 January 2018)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 250KB) (updated 31 January 2018)

Registration closes at midday two working days before the programme start date.

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

I found the course exceptionally pertinent and helpful in refocusing my efforts on producing consistently high levels of performance in my constantly expanding and ever more diverse teams.
Garfield Kerr, CEO, Mokha1450, Dubai
It was a pleasure to participate in the training. We enjoyed the rich quality of delivery at CJBS which will surely contribute towards our current team challenges and emerging possibilities for our firm in coming days.
Mohammed Tayyab, General Manager, CHIP Training & Consulting (Pvt), Pakistan
I thought the programme was excellent and all four of the sessions were insightful and thought provoking, and very beneficial.
Martin Stephens, Lead Solutions Engineer, Salesforce Commerce Cloud, UK
This programme is so excellent that in a short course of two days, you can meet several excellent experts in this area. They are all superb and world-class.
Edward Leung, Senior Associate, China Merchant Securities
Everyone is striving to push the barriers of teams and team performance and I wanted to understand the theory and methods in to how to fulfill this. Looking at ways my team could move into a high performing team and the perspective of everyone understanding goals, values and processes is some good learning for me to take back and implement.
Greg Edwards, Regional Sales Manager - Lubricants, Certas Energy

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor:

Elizabeth McDonald

Corporate Business Development Director
Tel: +44 (0)1223 765496

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