Building Effective Teams: Design for Success

4-week online course

Start date: April 5, 2022

“The ability for a group of people to do remarkable things hinges on how well those people can pull together as a team.”  -Simon Sinek


The ability of a team to collaborate effectively is critical to an organization’s success. Whether you’re putting together a team for the first time, or trying to make an existing team more effective, intentional team design is worth the effort. Many once extremely well-performing teams are now dealing with deep challenges. And of course, the higher the complexity, the more unprecedented the challenges, the more critical collaboration and effective teaming becomes. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this evidently clear. However, effective collaboration does not develop naturally. It must be clearly and thoughtfully designed.

Most teams have not been designed intentionally. They have structure, but it is not questioned or examined. They have norms that exert a powerful influence on team behavior, but they are implicit and elusive. They have tasks that can only be completed through collaborative work, but these tasks are never articulated.

This course is designed to equip leaders and team members with a conceptual framework and practical tools to systematically design and improve collaboration with intention and purpose. Participants will confront and reexamine their assumptions about teams, team leadership and team effectiveness. They will re-design their most pressing collaborative work, guided by two expert facilitators.

Global Leadership Onsite and Online

The online course will use the Moodle platform. Course readings, animated presentations, videos, forum questions, and assignments will be posted each week, and students must complete the required tasks by the following week. Each session will require between three to six hours of work, including readings, assignments, and activities.

Each week of the online course will present a new topic area.

Agenda highlights include:

  • Structure drives behavior. What does the research really say about what makes a high performing team?
  • Intentionally designing your team.  How can I start intentionally designing my team to set us up for success?
  • Symptoms versus root causes. How can I best support the team when things get tough?
  • Putting it all together.  How can intentional team design make me a better leader and team member?

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Learn the key facets of team design that greatly increase a team’s ability to work together effectively.
  • Understand the difference between team design and emergent team behaviors to enable you to discern between the symptoms and root causes of team dysfunction and poor performance.
  • Dominate practical tools for implementing key team design features that support the growth and effectiveness of a well-functioning team.
  • Be able to create a cohesive team culture where individuals are more engaged, having a more precise understanding of their role within the group and their contribution to the overall goal.
  • Promote a richer, more diverse and inclusive workspace/ environment
  • Gain a new network of local and international colleagues interested in making positive impact;
  • Earn a certificate from the University for Peace, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

This online course is purposefully designed to be applicable at all  career levels and across a variety of fields. Participants often share some of the following characteristics:

  • Leaders who want to cultivate high-performing teams
  • Team members who want to understand how to work more effectively together
  • Those who wish to connect with professionals of diverse backgrounds
  • People in fast-growing career fields wanting to stay ahead of the curve

This is a 4-week online course starting April 5, 2022.

$595 tuition rate. Certificate awarded upon completion by the Centre for Executive Education at the University for Peace, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Enroll with someone else and each will receive a 10% discount.

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Course Facilitators


Jason Ighani is an accomplished team development specialist with over 15 years of global experience in helping teams become more responsive, aware and agile. He is the co-founder of KITE, a consulting firm specialized in supporting leaders and teams within the humanitarian and development space. He has worked extensively within the United Nations system, specializing in assessing, launching and coaching leadership teams in both emergency and development contexts. Jason’s clients include mission-driven organizations including Global Fund for Women, Humanitarian OpenStreetmap Team, UNICEF, UNFPA, and IOM. Jason is also the founder of The Humanitarian Coaching Network, an organization that enlists coaches worldwide to help humanitarian organizations support the engagement and wellbeing of their staff and accelerate organizational change.

Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Development and a Master of Arts degree in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology. Jason is based between Seattle and Costa Rica, and is bilingual in English/Spanish.


Gabe Abella‘s personal purpose is to make the world of work a respectful and rewarding place for everyone.  As a faculty member for The Six Conditions for Team Effectiveness, Gabe brings expertise and guidance on how to best support the development of high functioning of teams. He is also an Accredited Kanban Trainer and Coaching Professional with a depth of experience in improving the agility and performance of complex work systems, honoring the contributions of all participants of the system and the needs of current and future stakeholders. Gabe’s approach to coaching is influenced by Socio-Technical Systems Design with a focus on the joint optimization of both the social and work systems of organizations.

Gabe has a passion for learning and being curious about the world which he happily indulges alongside his partner Dr. Anna Abella and their two daughters Evelyn and Eleanora.

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