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Emerging Teams: Developing Leaders for the Future

Sep 14, 2023
By Tim Heist

Categories: Leadership & Organizational Development

Emerging Teams: Developing Leaders for the Future

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.”  —Harvey Firestone

Emerging Teams, entering its 6th year, is a service initiative from North Group Consultants specifically geared toward developing your next generation of leaders. Whether these folks are high potential – high performers, veterans soon transitioning to next level leadership responsibilities, or somewhere in between, we believe this developmental approach will assist in their understanding of organizational health and teamwork.

At North Group we have always been passionate about the importance of sustained relationships when supporting the development of leaders and their organizations toward their highest potential. Development initiatives are often short-term, condensed information sessions with little time to put concepts into practice. Our Emerging Teams initiative is designed to ensure effective learning reinforced over time.

Specifically, we will teach concepts and develop skills on the following six topics:

  • Organizational Health – Defining components and benefits of organizational health; developing self-awareness through Everything DiSC Workplace profiles
  • High Performing Teams – Building trust, seeking healthy conflict, and maintaining accountability for optimal results and cohesive teams
  • Purpose & Clarity – Applying organizational purpose and guiding principles to drive successful behavior, performance, and decision-making
  • Effective Communication – Understanding communication types; discovering how others receive information; navigating difficult conversations
  • Structure & Process – Strengthening organizational health through recruiting & hiring, orientation, performance management, rewards & recognition, and dismissal
  • Productive Meetings – Distinguishing meeting types and purposes; facilitating conversation for clear direction; crafting effective next steps

Emerging Teams is a year-long developmental initiative that will utilize a monthly meeting rhythm, alternating between large group “cohorts” and team development meetings. Large group cohorts will meet for half-day sessions. Team development meetings will be facilitated by a Consultant to help advance members’ unique understanding of topics and apply them to both their individual leadership behaviors and team effectiveness.

Perhaps more importantly, teams will learn and practice with participants from other organizations and industries, finding different and new ways to observe, analyze, and solve various organizational issues.

As you consider how Emerging Teams may be beneficial to your organization, here’s a brief overview:

  • Purpose: To support the development of leaders and teams toward their highest potential
  • What: Develop an understanding of and the skills associated with organizational health, effective leadership behaviors and high performing teams
  • Who: Individuals from various organizations and industries; an organization can send a team of 3-6 individuals
  • Timeframe: Over a 12-month period, beginning in January 2024
    • 6 large group sessions with participants from other organizations (4 hours each)
    • 6 team development meetings facilitated by a North Group consultant with participants from your organization (1.5 hours each)

If you want to learn more about Emerging Teams, participating, and/or involving some of your team members in this initiative, we would be happy to connect. Please email Tim Heist at for more information.

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