Building Dynamic Teams

Program Dates

November 09 - 12, 2014

Cost: $4,800

This program is eligible for Professional Development Units for the PMP ® under category B
of PMI's Continuing Education Requirements.

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Engage, Motivate, Inspire.

Whether it's balancing individual priorities or driving corporate strategy, every day you are faced with making decisions that influence the course of your organization. Succeeding in today's complex, ever-changing business environment requires creativity and innovation. Yet time pressure, resource constraints and the fear of failure may leave you feeling paralyzed. You need to develop the skills to overcome these obstacles so you can accelerate and improve individual decision making, foster a collaborative group environment, effectively manage change, and learn to take risks.

With firm academic grounding in psychology, behavioral economics, and organizational theory, Building Dynamic Teams teaches you how to react effectively in unpredictable situations by combining proven behavioral theories with improvisational learning exercises. At the start, co-creators Dr. Craig Fox and Bob Kulhan provide a comfortable environment where you begin to see that through failure comes success and that any idea is the first step to developing a winning idea. Over three days, you'll practice opening up on a personal and professional level and become more comfortable taking creative risks. You'll be able to take these techniques back to your organization to build a team culture that stimulates leadership, innovation and success.


The Experience

Retrain Your Brain

Building Dynamic Teams gets you to think in new ways. By changing your technique, you'll have the power to alter team dynamics, open up lines of communication, and nimbly manage in unpredictable situations—lifelong skills you can build upon throughout your career. 

First, Get Comfortable

Life is unscripted—so without thinking about it, you're forced to improvise throughout the day, every day. It's only when you get out of your comfort zone that you're less likely to put yourself on the line to make necessary decisions. During Building Dynamic Teams, you'll experience new situations in a safe environment so you can learn to open up, feel free to take risks, and use improvisational skills to help you innovate in business situations.

Next, Think Quick

Over the 3-day course, you'll practice thinking on your feet and exercising your decision making skills in both a dynamic team environment and different business simulations. You will learn to sharpen the skill set needed to react, adapt, and communicate to the best of your ability in unexpected situations.

Finally, Try It at Work

You'll learn skills you can immediately apply at work. For example, you can accept and advance other's suggestions to bring the best ideas forward. Or use the "yes and…" technique that trains you to think more positively to increase intrinsic motivation and loyalty. Lastly, just by slowing down your process, you will learn to see that opportunities always exist, even in a chaotic environment.


"I was given useful tools to improve my creativity and to elicit it from others. It [improv] enabled me to innovate by putting me in unexpected situations where I could articulate crazy ideas without fear of criticism. It was an excellent method to practice real-time decision making, with the flexibility to make mistakes without negative consequences."

Gary Flye
VP, Database Manager
Wells Fargo

Building Dynamic Teams blends academic research with practical insights and applies improvisation techniques to give you the tools to react and adapt IN THE MOMENT. Learning methodologies include lectures, discussions, case studies and demonstrations drawn on disciplines of cognitive and social psychology, organizational theory, behavioral economics, and strategy. Theory is supplemented with experiential learning exercises that are adapted from theatrical improvisation.

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Building Dynamic Teams will impact all levels of your organization by:

  • Promoting creativity and innovation within your team and organization
  • Refining group dynamics, communication and presentation skills
  • Accelerating and improving individual decision making
  • Fostering collaborative group decision making
  • Managing change and conflict resolution with ease
  • Embracing transitions and learning to take risks

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The program kicks off with a reception on Sunday night, with instruction occurring Monday through Wednesday.

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Who Should Attend

"I learned some simple, but effective techniques to keep conversations moving in a positive direction and I developed skills to leverage everyone's strengths and foster a climate where we build on each other's ideas."

Steve Lach, Chief, Congressional Affairs
United States Air Force

This class improves team dynamics in all types of business situations. It's perfect for managers who lead and team members who are being led.

Example titles include:

  • Vice President
  • Sales Representative
  • Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Director
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Technical Specialist

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The front of the R. David Thomas Center building

When attending Managing the Unexpected you can draw from the vast resources at Duke and the local Durham area. You'll stay at the R. David Thomas Executive Conference Center, which is in close proximity to the tranquil Duke Forest, the walking trails and golf course at the Washington Duke Inn, and The Sarah P. Duke Gardens, one of the premier public gardens in the United States.