Fine-Tuning Team Dynamics

Sometimes, teams can get stuck in a rut and need a new way to approach the work. 

Postsecondary Leaders can fine-tune team dynamics by helping team members think about issues in a new light, creating time and space for team members to learn more about each other, and/or facilitating conversations that frame conflict as a natural part of team development. It is important for team members to invest in the work and value each other so that growth and creativity can occur.

Use the Tool Set

The full Integrating a Fine-Tuning Team Dynamics Tool Set is available for download. The download includes the three tools in this Tool Set.

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Tarp Protocol

An activity that acknowledges challenges and possible solutions to the team’s collective work. The protocol promotes team building and helps participants think outside the box when solving issues by providing different approaches and pushing them out of their comfort zones.


Compass Points

This protocol allows team members to consider their own working styles as well as the working styles of others. It also gives insight on what team members may need to know about each other in order to work more effectively together.


Managing Conflict in School Leadership Teams

An article by Elena Aguilar that pushes educators to examine how conflict can be healthy for a team once it is examined and collectively resolved.