Accelerate collaboration to seize your team's potential

Enable you and your team to work better together, be more effective and reach your goals. Get the modern tool belt for culture, collaboration and leadership in times of change and complexity.

Overview

Be a better leader, collaborator and colleague

The structure and function of work have changed more in the last 250 years than in the previous 250,000. Digital technologies and the ways they influence our personal and work lives are radically changing the world. No matter what industry you work in, you have, over the past decade, experienced some form of disruption, driven by technology and its influence on human behavior.

This course enables you to strengthen you and your team’s capacity to be highly effective, even in this environment of constant change and uncertainty. Learn how to create a strong culture, deal with conflict and harness the diversity of individuals to build an adaptive and responsive team able to navigate the modern working world.

Get the competence

Master and apply the building blocks of modern teamwork: Be more creative. Support colleagues. Handle conflict. Lead exceptional meetings. Collaborate and learn constantly. Have fun.

Get the confidence

Support and lead your team through good days and bad. Learn to navigate uncertainty, disruption and change. (Even if you’re not the boss.)

Get the job done

Do what it is that you do, just better. Use your own work directly in the course. Test and apply new tools and approaches to develop your team and deliver results.

Course goals

What you'll learn

You’ll learn to be a better leader, collaborator and colleague, regardless of your role. And you’ll create value for yourself, your team and your company.

We’ll cover all the essentials of modern teamwork to set you up to thrive in the changing workplace of today. You’ll get tangible takeaways on all levels; from mindset, mental models and new ways of working, to cases, tools and tactics you can apply directly at work.

By the end of this course you will be able to:


  • Understand a range of models and theories related to leadership and teamwork that support individuals and teams to work more effectively together.

  • Design and run team development workshops in topics from defining team culture to handling conflict, giving effective feedback and harnessing the diversity of individuals.

  • Identify and address team challenges, selecting appropriate tools and processes to support colleagues and lead teams through everyday uncertainty, disruption and change.

Course plan

Seven modules

The digital age, leadership and teams

What do we mean when we talk about “the digital age”? How should we approach the massive structural changes happening in society – cutting across technology, business, culture – and what are the implications for organizations, teams and individual professionals? Crucially, how must we rethink our notions of leadership and teamwork in this context?

You’ll cover; Putting “the digital age” in context. Exploring future of work trends. The new logic for leaders and teams.

Creating effective teams

What does a highly effective modern team look like? How do teams develop to become highly adaptive, productive, growth-oriented and happy? This unit looks at the modern fundamentals of team development and explores the tools and techniques members and leaders can apply to foster the conditions for success on a daily basis.

You’ll cover, Why invest in teams? Core models for understanding teamwork. Balancing content & process. Supporting basic social needs. Stages of group development.

Team culture for handling change

How can the team continuously learn to become stronger and stronger over time? How can we set ourselves up to not only survive but thrive in a context of volatility, uncertainty, change and ambiguity? This unit looks at how teams can foster mindsets, cultures and practice that are optimized for a context of change and uncertainty.

You’ll cover, Qualities of highly adaptive teams. Tight synchronization vs. loose coordination. The alignment & autonomy framework. Principles and approaches for constant teaming. Understanding your circles of influence.

Prototyping new ways of working

What methods and tools can we deploy to make sure that the teamwork we do is focused, energized, creative and geared for the best possible output? Whether you have a formal management role or not, chances are you’re leading your teams in some way all the time: hosting meetings, giving presentations, leading workshops, etc. This module explores simple tools and approaches to help your team be more adaptive and responsive to change.

You’ll cover; Why the way we work is broken. Moving away from a culture of meetings. Linear vs responsive approaches. Modern work processes. Creating your own ways of working.

Handling conflict

Conflict is a normal and predictable part of collaboration. It can be challenging, but when handled well, it can also be the fuel that accelerates the team to its next level of effectiveness. Handling conflict well involves self-awareness, understanding of group dynamics, the ability to foster trust and openness, the ability to give and receive feedback, and a culture willing to surface and deal with friction.

You’ll cover; How to think about “conflict”. Responses to conflict. Emotional intelligence and empathy. Working with feedback. The coaching approach.

Harnessing team diversity

A diversity of perspectives, experiences, styles, backgrounds, cultures, and personalities makes a team strong and robust, but only when you can support all those differences to harmonize and complement each other. This module dives into how we can better understand differences among members of a team, constantly increase awareness of them, and create the conditions for diverse teams to create magic from their differences.

You’ll cover; How we relate to difference. A world of models and tests. The Strength Deployment Inventory. The DISC profile. The Myers-Briggs type indicator. Introversion and extraversion.

Continuous team development 

Effective teams are highly deliberate in how they apply structure and rules, while continuously learning and revising their ways of working. Like the operating system on your computer or phone, it’s regularly updated with new features and improvements. This unit looks at how teams can be highly intentional when it comes to developing and updating their operating system. A final unit designed to set you up for continuous learning and success over time.

You’ll cover; Key elements for sustaining momentum. Routines and habits: how to make things stick. Iterative loops: how to learn and adjust over time. Creating/Refreshing your team’s “operating system”.

The course was a great learning experience packed with lots of valuable information, workshops to run with my team and interactions with other participants. I took it with a colleague and now we’re working together to apply our learnings in the organisation, something I’d recommend others to do.

—   
Joann DeLanoy
Delivery Director, Beyond
Additional

Examples of course workshops

As you go through the course you will be encouraged to run workshops with your team, using our step-by-step workshop outlines.  Here are a few examples:

  • Diffusion Curve Workshop
  • Future Mapping
  • Marshmallow Challenge
  • Team Self-Assessment
  • Team Purpose and Culture
  • Personal Presentations
  • Project Point Of Departure
  • Team Remote Working Charter
  • Team Reflection
  • Design Sprint For Any Team
  • 90-minute Prototypes
  • Circles Of Influence
  • Structured Feedback Methods
  • Conflict Responses
  • Process Design Canvas
  • Ideation & Concept Development
  • Mash-up Innovation
  • Engineering Your Team OS
How it works

What this course is about

This course is for anyone who leads projects, meetings, activities, etc. in a work context. It is for formal and informal leaders alike, with a focus on the traits of leadership that are not restricted to formal managers.

The course is designed to meet participants at the level they are at and support their development. You do not need to be a formal leader/manager to take this course, but you must be actively working with some type of team or teams. These teams could be formal or informal, co-located or remote, etc. Consultants and freelancers may consider using client/project teams for the practical tasks in the course.

It was very hands-on, with many tools you can immediately start applying in your workplace. I valued the opportunity to discuss day-to-day situations with the community. Having had the time to work with the learnings for a few months after I finished the course, both the learnings and tools are enabling better teamwork for our team.

Anne Verdaasdonk
Senior Digital Producer, Etcetera

Impact your organization

This course is designed with a learning-by-doing approach. Each week, we will introduce new processes, tools and techniques and challenge you to try them out in real-time in your workplace.

This works especially well if you have opportunities you can apply the course content to in your organization. Applying what you learn in real-time means you can develop yourself and create immediate value for your organization in parallel.

Format

What you'll be doing

This 6-week online course is designed to be flexible to your schedule. The majority of the course content and tasks are available for you to go through any time you choose during the week, with the exception of a weekly one-hour webinar session which is scheduled on Thursdays 15:00-16:00 CET. Expect to spend 5-7 hours per week on your learning, although often this can be integrated into your existing day to day work.

The Hyper Island approach is different from a traditional online course. We combine hands-on learning in your workplace with a fast-paced online environment to create a powerful experience that truly pays off.

1

View inspiring content

Learning kits and videos packed with insights to maximize your knowledge.

2

Join live sessions

Live sessions with experts to troubleshoot your hurdles and accelerate your progress. Join live or watch the recording on your own time.

3

Solve hands-on tasks

Tasks and challenges designed to integrate with your work to build your competence.

4

Get feedback and collaborate

Feedback and peer-collaboration to accelerate your learning.

Who takes this course

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who leads projects, meetings, activities or teams in a work context. It is for formal and informal leaders alike, with a focus on the traits of leadership that are not constrained to formal managers.

You should take it if you can see that your team could work more effectively and want to explore ways of supporting that to happen. It is suitable for both people who are new to leadership and those who have been a leader for many years.

Our typical participants are very diverse and include Leadership Teams, CEO’s, Managers, Directors, Heads of Departments, and Entrepreneurs, as well as people without formal leadership responsibilities, across a wide range of industries.

Why take this course

Challenges we've heard from previous participants

These are some of the common challenges we’ve heard from past participants. Do you recognize these sentiments in yourself or your colleagues?

  • I can see room for improvement in how my team works together and want to make us more efficient and effective but don’t know how…

  • I’ve been a leader for many years but need fresh inspiration, tools and techniques to support my team to work in a more modern way…

  • I’m starting a new role as a Manager and want to build my skills in leadership, facilitation and coaching…

  • I want to develop our culture and engage the whole company, but don’t know where to start…

By learning to build a strong culture and foster effective collaboration, you can expect your team to get stuck less, deliver more, and continue to grow stronger over time.

Alex Neuman
Learning Designer, Hyper Island

Hyper Island is a leading source of designing and delivering co-creation based learning experiences. This was a flawless online course with killer support. I would recommend this course to anyone.

—   
Elmeri Kauko
Head of Hub, MOW Mothership Of Work