Building Effective Teams: Design for Success

5-week virtual workshop

June TBD , 2024

Mondays 10:00am – 11:45am Eastern Time (New York)

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


Effective collaboration does not occur naturally. It must be intentionally designed.

The most complex challenges organizations face are inherently collaborative. These challenges require individuals to come together, pool their diverse skills and perspectives, and generate solutions that have not existed before. However, effective collaboration does not develop naturally. It must be clearly and thoughtfully designed. The purpose of this course is to equip you with the tools to design collaboration where it is needed most.

Who should take this course?

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

o Leaders who want to cultivate high-performing teams
o Team members who want to understand how to work more effectively together
o Team leaders who wish to connect to a community of like-minded peers
o People wanting to stay ahead of the curve and ground themselves in cutting edge research on team effectiveness


The ‘live virtual’ workshops are intended to replicate face-to-face sessions. The sessions are dynamic, participatory and draw on the experience and energy of the group.

This course was developed 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 expert facilitators.


What to expect: course skills and benefits

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Acquire new skills to design more effective collaboration.
Benefit from direct engagement with your facilitator and peers.
Learn about the concept and practice of team design.
Confront the myths and assumptions about teams and effective team leadership.
Ground yourself in the cutting edge research on team effectiveness.
Build a diverse global community of like-minded professionals.
Learn by applying concepts to real-work scenarios.
You'll get a certificate from the Centre for Executive Education within the United Nations established University for Peace.

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

Agenda highlights include:

o Unlearn and re-learn. What are your underlying beliefs about collaboration and do they align with the research on team effectiveness?
o Structure drives behavior. How do the structural and relational dimensions of a team interact?
o Make the implicit explicit. What does the process of team design entail and how to design for success?
o Integration. How do we blend our individual leadership with solid theory?

Linh Tran has extensive global experience as a consultant, executive coach, interculturalist, and facilitator. She helps leaders, teams, and organizations across numerous sectors build their capacity for strategic alignment, develop their leadership competencies and pipeline, engage their employees, and create human-centric work cultures. She holds a Master in Intercultural and International Management, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Human Resources, a multitude of coaching-related certifications, and is an ICF Professional Credentialed Coach (PCC). Linh currently lives in the Washington D.C. area with her partner, two teenagers, and two rescue dogs.


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.

June TBD, 2024: Mondays 10:00am- 11:45am Eastern Time (New York). This course generally runs twice a year, so if this date does not work for you, please ask about future offerings at

$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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