T-Group for Advanced Leadership Teams
Invite your leadership team to up-level emotional intelligence, transparency, and trust. Together, practice authenticity, effective feedback, and skillful vulnerability for increased power and alignment.
T-Group will help your team
• accelerate team cohesion by enriching interpersonal dynamics
• create depth and connective candor during meetings
• foster true connection between individuals from diverse backgrounds
• practice authenticity & transparency
• skillfully address conflict
• build trust
Potential outcomes include increasing
• relationship & feedback skills
• emotional intelligence (EQ)
• radical candor, directness, and diplomacy
• psychological safety for your team and company
• active listening, attunement, curiosity
• self & other awareness, insight, and perspective taking
• personal impact and influence
• healthy risk taking and skillful vulnerability
What is T-Group?
The "T" stands for "training"-- but I like to think of it as standing for trust, transparency, and team health. T-Group is an authentic communication tool that allows participants to swiftly drop into a deep, connective space, where awareness and emotional intelligence are accelerated. Participants may improve empathy, gain insight, and learn about their blindspots. Read about its history here.
How does T-Group work?
We can spend days talking *about* vulnerability, trust, psychological safety, and how important communication is. But the real learning takes place through experience. T-Group provides a safe way to practice these skills in real time, when the stakes are low. Instead of learning through trial and error, your team has a safe space to practice amplifying authenticity and transparency, with enough safety to make mistakes and experiment with new behaviors.
What are the logistics?
If you would like to connect for a complimentary consultation prior to booking a T-Group, schedule a time here. Alternately, you can book a T-Group immediately and schedule a 30 minute conversation before the event, so I can learn more about your team and what your current challenges are.
In your team's first 3-hr T-Group, I teach the tool and your team practices it as I weave in and out between facilitation and participation. Although your team learns the tool during the first session, I recommend that your team engages in 3-12 facilitated T-groups, depending on desired depth and skill. The more facilitated T-groups your team participates in, the more individual and collective power you will develop. (Think of attending one T-group as wearing a white belt, and 12 as approaching a black belt.) Skillful facilitation keeps the rate of growth and discomfort tolerable. I offer more advanced tools and theory about group dynamics with each progressive T-Group. After your team becomes skillful in T-Group, you can use it as your go-to team building activity during off-sites or retreats.
What You Will Get
• A way to up-level the efficacy of 1:1 or group meetings, that allows you to succinctly express concerns, insights, and challenging feedback
• A team building experience that simultaneously increases EQ & communication skills
• Astonishing, connective transparency
• A way to learn about our blind spots through hearing people's observations, reflections, projections, and narratives about your impact.
You are a leader who wants to invest in building trust, emotional intelligence, and synergy within your team. You're willing to candidly share your perceptions, hopes, and challenges. You recognize that empathy and vulnerability and are ways to improve team dynamics, and you want a tool to swiftly facilitate their growth. You're looking for a way to facilitate experiential progress toward increased motivation, engagement, and dynamic collaboration. You want a way to illuminate blindspots. If this resonates, book a T-Group for your team of 3 - 9 people* here, or book a complimentary consultation to learn more about it. If you have a team of 10+, email me to book a custom T-Group with 2+ facilitators.
How T-Group Diffuses Tension & Defensiveness
T-Group requires courage. We stalk our own truths and practice sharing them skillfully. We receive both appreciative and challenging feedback that allows us to meet our blindspots and navigate defensiveness, cultivating emotional resilience. Over time, we develop confidence with directly addressing interpersonal dynamics in a way that connects and inspires. (Think of addressing the elephants in the room with an ease that inspires collaboration and productivity, instead of awkwardness and fear.) By learning to navigate the depths of T-group, we cultivate precision with emotional insights and grow an even more authentic, powerful presence.
History of T-Group
A more thorough history and resources can be found here
In 1946, psychologist Kurt Lewin was asked to begin a series of conversations with community members designed to help ease racial tension in Bridgeport, CT. The outcome of those efforts eventually led to an initiative to improve the management of large organizations, with a focus on labor relations. T-Group became embraced by universities, the US military, and corporate America.
Articles on T-groups began appearing in the Harvard Business Review by the mid 60s. Proponents advocated for the methodology to become a foundational core of management training and university education. The first “Interpersonal Dynamics” class teaching T-Group was taught at Stanford in 1968. It continues to be taught at several business schools, including Stanford and Berkeley. There are also thriving T-Group communities in Boulder, CO and in Berkeley, CA.
The Bay Area T-Group community was founded in 2018 by Crystallin Dillon, and is where I graduated from a facilitation apprenticeship in 2019.