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Creating High Performance Teams

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Teams are at the heart of organisational life and their effectiveness strongly influences the success of the enterprise overall. A high performance team will exceed expectations given their composition. Therefore achieving superior performance in teams has become a major business imperative. But turning individuals into a cohesive and productive team is far from straightforward.

This two-day, well-established, intense and practical programme will examine:

  • The key elements of a high-performance team, drawing on examples from corporations, not-for-profits, consultancies and sport
  • Team roles and responsibilities, dynamics, and outcomes
  • Personality types that make up a high-performance team
  • Dealing with conflict and coping with difficult team members.

Why Cambridge?

Cambridge Judge Business School offers a distinctive approach born out of the University of Cambridge way.

  • Drawing on cutting-edge academic research, as you would expect from a business school with 19 research centres
  • The University of Cambridge has always emphasised smaller class sizes for maximum interaction and focused effort between world-class faculty and top quality participants. Cambridge Judge is no exception. This makes your experience here one of unrivalled quality and relevance
  • Our programmes may be shorter, we aim to maximise the use of your time – you will likely be stretched as you have never known; that is the Cambridge way. 
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


  • The dynamics of high performance teams – what makes them good and what makes them difficult too
  • Dealing with conflict and managing difficult team members
  • High performance individuals and their preferences for teamwork
  • Getting the most out of individual team members
  • Developing team roles and responsibilities
  • How to increase communication and effectiveness in the team.
Infographic visually illustrating the topics covered.
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


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
  • Structure teams to maximise their effectiveness
  • Develop your leadership style to achieve effective leadership in teams
  • Understand how to maintain sustained performance of teams.
Icon: Executive Education Certificates of Achievement.

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.

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

Who should attend

Team leaders who are looking to improve or develop teams in order to maximise performance and organisational effectiveness.

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

Faculty & speakers

Kishore Sengupta

Professor of Operations Management

MBA, PhD (Case Western University)

Philip Stiles

Associate Professor in Corporate Governance

PhD (University of London)

Gill Graves

Founder, Iridium

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

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



Fees *

9-10 June 2022

2 days

£2,500 + VAT

8-9 September 2022

2 days

£2,500 + VAT

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%; e.g. £2,500 + 20% = £3,000.

* 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, 277KB) (updated 25 August 2021)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 295KB) (updated 25 August 2021)

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

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

Please ensure that you have read our Frequently Asked Questions, which provide important additional information about our face-to-face and Live Online programmes, in particular during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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
Mob: +44 (0)7548 708065

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