While engaged in their experiential course, students also must participate in a team performance module in which they learn advanced tools and coaching methods to become strong leaders and members of high performance teams. The module reflects the fact that students typically will not have the luxury of picking their own teams. In the workplace, their teammates probably will represent different cultures, abilities, and points of view. Successful innovation depends on students’ ability to lead and work with diverse teams effectively.
Adults learn best when they apply new ideas and practices to address a defined need. So, student teams work closely with professional coaches for support as they conquer challenges, whether they’re starting up their experiential projects, giving performance feedback to team members, or resolving a difficult conflict.
By design, this is not a “course” on teams; rather, it runs in tandem with the learning objectives of these BILD courses.
These experiences are designed to help students develop the skills to:
Why the big emphasis on teamwork?
Importantly, a number of the BILD courses are interdisciplinary. Engineers, product designers, life science and chemistry grad students, law students, and numerous other disciplines are often members of the project teams. Just like in the real world, for BILD teams to be successful and find solutions to the challenging problems they are tackling, they have to fully leverage the various domains of knowledge and skill the graduate students from different programs bring to the team.
BILD project teams are essentially a practice field for students to invest in their future careers, as most students will be both members and leaders of teams—be it in their own companies or as innovative leaders in institutions. And, students tell us that the team projects in these courses create some of the most valuable career development experiences offered at Berkeley-Haas, with strong teamwork greatly enhancing both the quality of their projects and their learning of course subject matter.
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Collaboration Thrives in Teams@Haas
Director of Team Performance Brandi Pearce leads Teams@Haas—a component of the BILD curriculum—which aims to give students a toolkit of skills to work more effectively in teams. Students learn how to become better active listeners, how to provide constructive feedback, and how to create a collaborative environment to increase the potential for innovative thinking.
“Unlike when we operate as individuals and can implicitly reflect on our own work, in a group we need to explicitly carve out time to exchange information and understand how we perceive the situation to adapt and learn collectively.”