Team Building

Team Building2021-09-21T02:26:30+08:00

A champion team will always beat a team of champions.

Most of us work in teams, and often we work in teams of teams. When we join the workforce, after years of formal education, what experience do we have working effectively in teams outside of our family? A sporting team is our most likely opportunity, and unless we made it to the top, our experience of exceptional teamwork will be infrequent at best. A team project at university may offer another chance, yet getting our fellow students to do their bit, let alone do it well is usually an exercise in frustration. While studying, we may work a part-time job and this is likely to give us our first taste of the very real consequences of poor teamwork.

We know the working world requires teamwork. Today, we hear that teams of people comprising a diversity of ideas and experiences is essential for success. While many of us may have an innate ability to work or play in teams, others, for various reasons, struggle with teamwork. How then do we transition from being an accomplished individual to flourishing while working effectively in a team or teams? The great news is that we all can develop our ability to work in teams, and perhaps more importantly, build effective teams. All it requires is effort, intention and willingness to learn.

As part of our training and development, we participated in a two-year Team, Management and Leadership Program. It was instrumental in us learning how to build and work effectively in teams. We discovered, self-awareness and confidence are essential. However, assertive communication is perhaps the most critical element to effectively build trust and engagement in teams. Learning humility, taking care of team members and how to communicate effectively was neither easy nor a comfortable journey.

Out of his participation in this two-year social entrepreneurial program, Bernard worked with the program Team Leader from Auckland, NZ. From one coaching conversation, the campaign, “BAN THE BAG” was implemented, and in July 2019 single-use plastic bags were eliminated in NZ. Many other countries have since followed NZ’s example, demonstrating the power of one critical coaching conversation causing exceptional outcomes in teams.

Our team building workshops and coaching are designed to leave you empowered and confident to build trust, master conflict, achieve commitment and engagement, embrace accountability and produce results.

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Who We Are

Barb Howard
Barb Howard
Co-founding director of the Institute of Regenerative Leadership and Be Exceptional Consulting and Coaching.
Bernard Callus
Bernard Callus
Co-founding director of the Institute of Regenerative Leadership and Be Exceptional Consulting and Coaching.

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“Bernard’s coaching supported me to clarify the direction of my leadership development, conquer my struggle with goal setting and allowed me to regain my power over my own success. Bernard asked direct questions that needed to be asked and that challenged my perspectives. I will return to my session notes time and time again and have no doubt they will continue to inspire me to be a better leader.”

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Jacqueline Hofste, Principle Leadership Coach, Sydney

“Bernard provided me with coaching when I was setting up an architect office partnership with a senior mentor.  The office workload was increasing rapidly. Bernard’s coaching assisted me to expand our team from 2 – 4 architects, to improve office communication and to establish effective time structures contributing to the delivery of projects of high quality, within budget and on time.”

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Dawn Thompson, Broome, WA

“Bernard’s coaching was insightful, supportive and at times confronting, which was just what I needed to continue my journey of personal and professional growth. While working with him, I was able to look more deeply at areas of my life where I was not performing or being fully authentic, and he empowered me to make some hard decisions aimed at moving things forward.”

Caroline New, Executive Leadership Coach, Sydney, NSW

“Before coaching with Bernard, I lacked the courage to ask the difficult questions in my personal and business life. I tended to avoid confrontation and I used to pretend I didn’t need the help, or I would ignore the issue and hope it would just go away. Bernard’s coaching supported me to develop my courage and assertiveness and crack through my numbness and fears. I’m now open to contribution from my business partners.”

Nathan Adams, Entrepreneur, Augusta, WA

“I engaged Bernard to coach me around the difficult aspects of my business that I would prefer to shove under the rug. One session at a time he was able to see where I was hesitating and honed in to recommend swift and clever action. It was action that made all the difference. Bernard has an insightful and creative thinking style. He asks really smart questions, the kind that challenge and get results with great clarity.”

Helen Robinet, Leadership and Confidence Coach, Melbourne, Victoria

“Working with Bernard I learnt to face up to my fears, building my confidence, commitment, courage, and purpose to step from the known into the less familiar. With Bernard’s coaching I developed my assertiveness and put in place new agreements with my husband that gave me time and space to pursue things that are important to me. This created a greater partnership with my husband as we move into our next phase of life.”

Katrina Butler, Teacher and Trainer, Perenjori, WA

“I engaged Barb in 2020 as a leadership coach to assist me with the new business direction to help women get a seat on a board. What’s great about Barb is her ability to listen deeply and hear what is not being said. She challenged me to lift my game to a whole new level. She’s smart, fast and she’s on my team. Highly recommend her as a partner to lift your game to the next level.”

Helen Robinet, Leadership & Confidence Coach, Melbourne

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Robin Naylor, Williams, WA

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