Teams for a New Generation

A Facilitator's Field Guide

by Greg Robinson; Mark Rose



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/10/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 176
ISBN : 9781434324108

About the Book

There has been much written about teams with an ongoing debate about the primacy of environment or dynamics as the most important element to effective teams. Yet the need for groups to be able to consistently tap into the collective intelligence present in the team is more and more important.  This requires teams to move beyond cooperation, goodwill and consensus and be able to challenge individual and collective assumptions to see new alternatives. This book provides a simple but elegant model to understand how teams move past the mediocrity of consensus to innovative thinking that comes with Collective Learning.

   Collective Learning occurs when teams become aware of their assumptions and it challenges them to create a new understanding of what is real and what is important. When that happens, lasting change can come from within the team. There are four distinct abilities that must be present to provide the infrastructure for a group to learn collectively, and here is the ‘how to’ to dramatically increase team effectiveness.

   This book is focused on how a facilitator can help groups and the individuals in those groups slow down the emotional and belief processes in order to create opportunities to choose responses rather than being on automatic pilot. The purpose of the facilitator’s effort is to move experiential learning beyond the traditional notion of teambuilding. Teambuilding has become a catchall phrase for helping a group get more comfortable with one another and develop trust. It is our opinion that to unlock the power of these experiential tools, facilitators must think about developing two Meta-skills – Emotional Maturity and Critical Thinking. Using experiential learning to develop the attitudes and skills to continually learn provides a real hope for creating fundamental change in the way people and groups interact.

About the Author

   Greg Robinson is currently President of Challenge Quest, LLC in Pryor, Oklahoma. Previous to coming to Challenge Quest, Greg spent 5 years with Williams in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a Managing Organization Development Consultant.  

   Greg has a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Leadership from The Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He also has a M.S. in Counseling from John Brown University.

   Greg’s professional career has concentrated in the areas of team development, leadership development, facilitation and consulting with organizational change efforts.  He is the author of Teams for a New Generation: An Introduction to Collective Learning and co-author with Mark Rose of A Leadership Paradox: Influencing Others by Defining Yourself - Revised Edition.

   Greg currently resides with his wife Jeannie, his daughter Keely and son Kobe in Pryor, Oklahoma.


   Mark Rose is a senior consultant with Challenge Quest, LLC and owner of MG Rose Enterprises, Inc.  He works in a variety of areas for Challenge Quest including business development.  His main focus is equipping teams with skills and tools to become more effective. He received his B.A. in Public Relations and his Master’s of Human Relations degree from The University of Oklahoma.

   Mark has worked as co-facilitator in a series of training videos, Trainer Games in Action: Volume One and Two. These two videos show how trainers can use games and activities as object lessons in a training room to help the learner with the retention of information. Both videos have received the 2003 American Society for Training and Development’s Award of Excellence. Another product Mark helped design and develop is a training tool called Expression Cards.

   Mark lives in Oklahoma City and enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife and two daughters.