I had a great experience recently on Thompson Island in Boston, Massachusetts where Vertex Pharmaceuticals hosted a Creating a Team Culture team building workshop for one of their research and development teams. Vertex is an innovative leader in the area of drug research for several serious diseases. They conduct ongoing research worldwide and employ more than 1,800 people. As their research and development team embarks on a critical project, they wanted to gain tools for improving their communication skills while deepening their level of trust and rapport. Escaping to beautiful Thompson Island in the Boston Harbor for an afternoon and evening of team building was a great way to do just that.

With each set of Leadership Principles introduced, the group engaged in one or two exercises where they got the opportunity to apply those principles. They were able to laugh at themselves and each other while bringing home the lessons of improved workplace communication.

There were four areas of communication covered in the Creating a Team Culture workshop. The first was the foundational issue of building trust and rapport. The second dealt with managing conflict, and was followed by ways to gain cooperation. Finally, the group delved into ways to put it all together and build their team.

“Our team loved this program! We were looking for something to really take our working relationships to the next level and build greater trust and respect among the members of this team. Ellen’s sense of humor and expertise with the material really delivered!” — Mary Beth Walsh, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

If your team is facing communication challenges, or just looking to strengthen the foundation of what they already have, including Creating a Team Culture as part of your team’s development plan will help them reach the next level.