Best Free MOOCs In Business In March

Building High-Performing Teams

School: University of Pennsylvania / Wharton

Platform: Coursera

Registration Link: REGISTER HERE

Start Date: March 5, 2018 (5 Weeks Long)

Workload: 2-4 Hours Per Week

Instructors: Aviva Legatt and Derek Newberry

Credentials: A consultant with Wharton Executive Education, Dr. Legatt also teaches a graduate level course, Effective Collaboration for a Changing Global Workplace, at Penn. A former the senior associate director or special programs and admissions for the Wharton undergraduate program, she is also a consultant and speaker on college and MBA admissions.  Newberry is a business anthropologist and Fortune 500 consultant who is a columnist for Entrepreneur magazine in his spare time. He is also a lecturer at Penn on organizational dynamics.

Graded: To earn a passing mark, students must complete all graded assignments.

 Description: One may be the loneliest number, but it is sure easier to manage. Teams may increase productivity and bring more diverse perspectives and well-rounded solutions, but they come with a unique set of challenges as well. Every team member must play a role — and embrace it. They must also share the same vision and goals. Of course, there is always the risk of miscommunication and interpersonal communication that can distract teams from the real mission. This course, which is grounded in decades of research, examines what separates successful teams from dysfunctional ones. More than identifying the ailments, it provides strategies for reinforcing and rewarding the right behaviors and building a cohesive unit founded on shared mission and mutual respect.

Review: “Very good framework to understand and build teams but also with very actionable tools in a day-by-day job reality.” For additional reviews, click here.

Additional Note: This course is part of Penn’s “Culture-Driven Team Building” specialization, which includes courses on how to build high-performing teams and cultivating continuous learning. To learn more about these courses and register for them, click here.