BSLL 3028 - Building and Leading Exceptional Teams

  • Noncredit

High-performing teams power organizational success, but they’re not a fluke; they are a result of the right team composition, strong team dynamics, and team leadership. Knowing how to assemble and lead an organizational team takes knowledge, training, and experience – all of which this course offers. Attendees will walk away with skills and insights that will help them on both individual and organizational levels.

This two-day, in-class immersive experience will provide the knowledge and skills to create, manage, and lead high-performing teams by combining case studies, real-world examples of leadership practices, group discussions, and leadership self-assessments with experiential activities. Attendees will participate in classroom activities that allow them to engage with other leaders and provide first-hand experience in being part of, and leading, a high-performance team. They’ll also learn to assess how effective of a team member/leader they are, identify how they can improve, and develop a plan to get there.

Who Should Attend?
Current team leaders, supervisors, managers, as well as individuals on organizational teams with aspirations of being leaders of exceptional teams.
Fee includes all instruction, continental breakfasts, lunches, coffee breaks, and course materials.

Session topics:

Building and Managing a High Performance Team
Thursday, October 4, 2018, 8 am - 5pm
• What shapes high performance within teams?
• How does team composition lead to a successful team? Who should be on the team?
• How to improve team dynamics: effective team communication and cross team coordination.
• Recognize and practice how to minimize derailing conflict and cultivate “good” conflict.
• Appreciate best practices of how organizational teams adapt through case study analyses.
• Anticipate the nuances inherent in virtual teams within organizations.

Improving Your Leadership Style to Create Team Success
Friday, October 5, 2018, 8 am - 5 pm
• Which leader behaviors influence team performance?
• Learn more about personal leadership style through leadership assessments.
• What is adaptive leadership and how important is it?
• In what ways should a team leader communicate?
• Learn personal inherent leadership skills and develop a plan to improve them.
• Which processes motivate and reinforce positive behavior and performance in teams?

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

Important Information

This course has discounts available for the following audiences: Colorado State University Alumni, groups of two or more from a single organization, and groups of six or more from a single organization. Students may also use College of Business vouchers if they have received one. Students must receive a discount code or voucher code from the College of Business prior to registering for the course. Reduction of course fees will be given only if you provide the appropriate code at the time of registration. Please call the Executive Programs Office at (970) 491- 4331 or e-mail for the codes.


Brandy Hodgson

Dr. Brandy Hodgson is a Co-Active trained leadership coach working with clients who want lead more full and successful lives. She has been a team and leadership development facilitator for over twenty years working with a variety of clients in the non-profit, corporate, and government sectors. She has led national and international leadership seminars and retreats in the corporate, non-profit, and university sectors, and served as faculty in both the College of Business and School of Education at Colorado State University.

Brandy is a life-long learner, her undergraduate studies focused on Biology and Health; she went on to earn a teaching license and Masters of Education in Instructional Leadership; and ultimately she earned her Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies with a focus on Experiential Training and Wellness Coaching.

M. Travis Maynard

(970) 491-0255 |

Associate Professor M. Travis Maynard, Ph.D., has conducted extensive research in the area of team effectiveness and leadership including topics such as virtual teams, interpersonal processes, empowerment, communication, and leadership coaching. He has consulted with numerous organizations such as: Connecticut Department of Public Safety, INOVA Health System, IBM, Midland Memorial Hospital, NASA, Prisma Peremarket (Estonia), Safer Healthcare, Swedbank (Estonia), and the University of Colorado Hospital.

Travis received his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of Connecticut. He holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from the College of William and Mary, and an M.B.A. in organizational behavior from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Prior to his career in academics, he was a CPA and worked as a public accountant and consultant for a variety of public accounting firms in Washington, D.C.; Burlington, Vermont; and Denver, CO.