Caliper’s ‘Olympic’ model provides a clear and powerful way to improve the performance of teams.

The Caliper approach to team building does not go in for climbing ropes, group hugs or motivational speeches – our approach is very much centered around the real live issues groups are struggling with every day.

We also believe that the ‘Sports’ model of team development has serious flaws.  It is very rare that a company has numerous people working on the exact same tasks and outcome, like a sports team.  The outcome of a program focused on this theory may provide a short lived ‘buzz’ and a sense of inspiration, but generally the effect is not sustained.

Instead, Caliper’s ‘Olympic’ model provides a clear and powerful way to describe teams within organizations.

Effective teams are made up of highly effective individual performances, much like an Olympic 4 x 100m relay team. The success of a relay team relies on each member performing individually at their peak, and providing as seamless a handover to their team mate as possible.

As such, Caliper’s Team Building Program focuses on how to achieve the highest performance from each individual whilst working within a ‘team’ structure.  This program helps participants understand what each individual brings to the table, and how their personality characteristics, natural strengths and potential limitations may impact team performance.

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Case Study

The Client – A Global Chemical Company

A global chemical company had a need to enhance the teamwork of its Supply Chain Group in its Australian office.

The group encompassed Information Technology, Finance and Accounting as well as Customer Service. While it was important for each of these functions to work closely together, each section could operate independently of each other.

Even within sections, individuals were performing tasks that required little or no input from any other individuals.

As a result, the traditional ‘team’ notion did not fit the reality of this large group. The ‘Olympic’ model became the unifying structure for the group – Supply Chain as a whole was likened to a national Olympic team – within it were some real teams (similar to team sports in the Olympics); some Cumulative Output (CO) Groups (similar to a group like a swimming team) and some individuals – all united under the one ‘flag’.

The 6 step Caliper Teamwork Development Model was applied to the large group over a series of meetings spaced three weeks apart. In the period between sessions, each group replicated the Caliper process in its own setting, reinforcing the learning and applying the processes to their own small group.

The overall impact was increased effectiveness and teamwork within each ‘division’ as well as more effective co-operation and teamwork across divisions.  Instead of a group of ‘silos’, there was a more cohesive and focused Supply Chain operation.