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ODN - PD&E Webinar January 2015

Why Great Teams Succeed: Experiencing Extreme Accomplishment  

Presented by: Geoff Bellman

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Duration: 90 Minutes

Enough talk about what many teams do wrong

What we need to know is what great teams do right!

Geoff Bellman and Kathleen Ryan have been studying great teams for the last ten years.   They believe that teams demonstrating extraordinary performance offer lessons more useful than what can be learned by watching less successful teams.  They documented their discoveries in Extraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Can Achieve Amazing Results (John Wiley)They have since worked with another 200 teams beyond the sixty in their original study.  And this year, (with Kevin Coray) published The Extraordinary Teams Inventory (HRDQ Press), an assessment tool for teams reaching toward amazing performance. 

Catch up on what they have been doing lately in this webinar with Geoff Bellman, long time OD consultant and author.  Join him in discovering how your best teams fit with the great teams they studied.  Learn about:

  • Eight key behaviors common to great teams—regardless of purpose
  • Six needs extraordinary team members strive to meet—regardless of skill
  • Four feelings these teams experience while succeeding together--regardless of background
  • How transformation takes extraordinary teams beyond high performance

You will leave this webinar knowing what extraordinary teams do, why they do it, and how they feel about it.  This opens an array of options beyond what we typically consider when working with teams.  Please join us. 




Geoff started his consulting firm in 1977 following fourteen years of work inside Corporate America.  His external consulting has focused on renewing large, mature organizations such as Booz Allen, Verizon, Intuit, Ernst & Young, Shell, BP, SABMiller, Boeing, and Accenture.  



His books are in a dozen languages with over 300,000 in print:

·    Extraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results, with co-author, Kathleen Ryan (Jossey-Bass, 2009). Sixty great teams and what makes them so.

·    The Extraordinary Teams Inventory with Kathleen Ryan and Kevin Coray (HRDQ Press, 2014).   An assessment tool for teams that aspire to great performance.

·    The Consultant's Calling: Bringing Who You Are to What You Do (Jossey-Bass, 2002-2nd edition).  FORBES cited as a most popular small business book.

·    Getting Things Done When You Are Not In Charge (Berrett-Koehler, 2001-2nd edition).  A Fortune Book Club selection, the title says it all.

·    The Beauty of the Beast: Breathing New Life into Organizations (Berrett-Koehler, 2000).  Successfully living with, working in, and influencing these huge creatures.

·    Your Signature Path: Gaining New Perspectives on Life and Work (Berrett-Koehler, 1996).  Assistance in turning sharp corners in your career and life.

·    The Quest for Staff Leadership (Scott-Foresman, 1986).  For middle managers and winner of the National Book Award from the Society for Human Resource Management.

His consulting and workshops have taken Geoff to five continents.  He has served as guest faculty for Pepperdine University, Fielding Institute, Sonoma State, OSR at Pinchot, and LIOS at Saybrook.  Linkage International’s OD Lab for Experienced Practitioners is designed around his ideas and offered world-wide. 

Geoff received a national award from the Organization Development Network for his contributions to advancing the profession.  The Whidbey Institute in Washington State honored him for community service. 

He is a charter member of the Woodlands Group which has been exploring individual, organizational, and societal change for 35 years.  With others, he founded The Community Consulting Partnership in 1995; they offer almost-free consulting skills and consulting to community-based organizations in Seattle. He regularly consults to executive directors and boards including Whidbey Institute, Center for Courage and Renewal, Charlotte Martin Foundation, and Seattle Counseling Service. 

Geoff grew up in Washington State, graduated from Gonzaga University and the University of Oregon.  For twenty years, he and his family followed work around the country--to Denver, New Orleans, Tulsa, and Chicago.  In 1981, they to returned to the Pacific Northwest.  With his wife, Sheila Kelly, he lives in Seattle on the edge of Puget Sound in sight of the Olympic Mountains. 

Geoff is featured in the January issue of T+D Magazine. 



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