On the back of a highly successful all-staff development event held at Fingask Castle outside Dundee in September 2012, Maximillion L&D was commissioned to provide a suite of bespoke team development workshops in June 2013 for one of the Axis Shield new product Research and Development Teams.

Event Detail

  • Venue: Axis Shield HQ, Dundee
  • Style: Individual and team development
  • Format: Facilitated workshops incorporating team behaviours profiling and team effectiveness diagnostic, experiential learning and facilitated discussion sessions plus ‘Thinking into Action’ review and action planning to ground the learning back in the workplace
  • Participants: 11
  • Duration: 3 x 4 hour workshops plus in-depth pre-event team role behaviours profiling, pre- and post-programme team effectiveness inventory and programme follow up to explore implications and applications of learning from the programme


For the main sponsors – the R&D Manager and Site Director – one of the key outcomes required from this programme of events was to evidence and quantify how the development programme had provided a basis for improved team effectiveness.


Lead Facilitator Mike Tierney responded to this requirement by incorporating our proprietary Team Effectiveness Inventory (TEI) into the programme. Prior to the event we used the TEI to take a baseline measure of the team’s effectiveness across five key functional areas of team effectiveness; Positive Roles & Norms, Team Mission, Goal Achievement, Empowerment and Open, Honest Communication. The initial TEI results, combined with further consultation with the R&D Manager and full Belbin Team Role profiling for all members of the project team, helped to inform the scope of three subsequent team development workshops.

The programme kicked off with a Belbin Team Roles workshop, to enable team members to understand behavioural style preferences for self and others, and to understand the different, individual, behavioural contributions required for team success.

In week two Mike delivered a workshop that led the team to think about decision making and accountability and what this meant at a team and personal level and how the team could work together to improve this. The final session looked at how to have difficult conversations when stakes are high and emotions are involved too. Each team member developed useful skills that will allow them to have the important conversations that sometimes go unspoken, or are held badly.

All workshops ended with a ‘Thinking into Action’ personal and team action planning session, plus a planning for efficiency and effectiveness session during the final programme.


Once the dust had settled after a period of 5 weeks, we re-engaged with the project team members and re-ran the TEI again to assess the level of improvement achieved across each of the five areas of team effectiveness. The following results point to a particularly positive return on the team’s investment in the programme:

  • Team Mission – an increase of 8.49%
  • Goal Achievement – an increase of 2.04%
  • Empowerment – from 8.51%
  • Open and Honest Communications – an increase of 4.97%
  • Positive Roles and Norms – an increase of 13.06 %

Participant feedback

“Very informative training. Members are more clear on the contribution they make to the team and how they can influence the success of the project by being open and honest”

Testimonial from R&D Manager

“I am very satisfied with the improvements in the way this team is working together following these team development workshops”