HRDQ-U Webinar | Accountability and Extraordinary Teaming

Accountability and Extraordinary Teaming: Four Factors that Make the Difference

This On-Demand event was originally presented on April 12, 2017 (60 min)


When the topic of accountability comes up, the phrase “holding people accountable” is not far behind. Two distinctly different images come to mind. The first comes from a position of frustration and blame, as in, If only someone would hold those people accountable, we’d be a lot more successful!” Picture two hands around someone’s neck. The second image is based on the notion of working in ways that build such strong personal commitments among team members that they show up, follow through, and give their very best. Picture two hands nestling and lifting up an individual or a team.

Join training experts Kevin Coray and Kathleen Ryan for one hour of learning on the connection between four core elements of extraordinary teams and accountability. Join us as they share what they’ve learned and offer specific suggestions for how to increase the presence of full engagement, shared leadership, compelling purpose, and great results in any team.

Attendees will learn

  • The definitions of an extraordinary team and the four core elements that link to accountability.
  • Our latest research findings that link these concepts.
  • Deeper thinking about accountability, its connection to high performance, and its potential unintended-but-negative consequences.
  • The role of the team leader as someone who promotes an atmosphere of “checking in with” as opposed to “checking up on.”
  • Specific suggestions for things leaders of teams can do to enhance full engagement, shared leadership, compelling purpose, and great results in any team.
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Accountability and Extraordinary Teaming: Four Factors that Make the Difference


Kevin E. Coray, Ph.D., industrial and organizational psychologist, is a coach and consultant to leaders and executives. He has over 30 years of experience in improving organizational performance as a consultant and coach and as President of Coray Gurnitz Consulting, a national consulting firm he ran for 27 years. His recent experiences have centered around coaching leadership teams and executives engaged in major organizational change efforts. He has led program evaluation, strategic planning, and core business redesign, as well as working at a more personal and team level developing leaders and implementing organizational accountability systems. Kevin is a former management professor and co-author of a team-based assessment, the Extraordinary Teams Inventory.

Kathleen Ryan helps her clients achieve outstanding business results through the innovation that comes from collaboration and exceptional teaming. As a behind-the-scenes thought leader, Ryan has been identified as “an organizational consultant with an instinct for translating complex human behavior into practical concepts.” She is a mentor and executive coach with a wide range of consulting skills and expertise, including organization-wide change efforts, individual and organizational assessments, executive feedback and development, and senior-level team development. She is particularly skilled at helping individuals and groups address the difficult-to-talk-about, underlying issues that frequently block high performance. Her third bookExtraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results, was co-authored with Geoffrey Bellman. A companion assessment tool and training package, Extraordinary Teams Inventory, co-authored with Kevin Coray and Geoff Bellman.



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