How it works

Unlock your team’s full potential

Assess your team’s capability and find out where to start. Then use our tools to master the habits of a great team. Along the way, get advice and recommendations to stay motivated and on track.

Diagnose your team in just 10 minutes

Our diagnostic is fun and engaging—not an endless list of multiple choice questions. It’s the starting point for understanding where your team is right now, and how to you can work better together.

You’ll fill in some basic details and tell us how your team typically works together. Then we’ll give you an idea of where we think your team is and suggest which habits to focus on first.

But it’s not just a printout. Our interactive report is the first step in starting a new dialogue with your team. People can comment and add their perspective. It gets the team involved right away, providing insights that drive discussion and pave the way for real change.

Start to build the 9 habits of a great team

At the heart of Teamworks are 9 habits that SYPartners has identified in working with hundreds of teams over the last two decades. Once you and your team pick a habit to focus on, it unlocks a set of tools and advice. Some of the tools are completed by each team member, some are for the whole team to fill out together, and some are prep work for managers.

Strengths

Understand people’s strengths—and play to them.

When your job draws on what you’re good at and matches your ideal working style, you’re able to get into flow and accomplish so much more. The challenge is that on a team, it can take months (or even years) of trial and error for people to really understand each other’s strengths and find a good working rhythm together.

We’ve found a way to speed up the process—with tools that look at strengths from several angles. The first is Superpowers, which reveals a powerful innate talent you bring to the team. The second is Working Styles, which shows the working conditions that bring out your best (or worst). And the third is Skills, which highlights experiences and expertise the team can draw on.

Your team gains a deeper understanding of each other in a matter of hours, not months. You identify potential sources of conflict quickly. And it enables people to advocate for what they need and what they have to offer, so you can maximize collaboration and flow.

Purpose

Make the work meaningful

No matter what field you’re in, your daily experience on a team should feel like your work has meaning—that what you do counts. When your work is grounded in a sense of purpose, you’re more energized, committed, and accountable. But sometimes it’s hard to see and remember the big picture when everyone is drowning in the day-to-day details.

Our tools elevate the team’s perspective, reminding you about who benefits from your work and why it matters. We guide you in creating a purpose statement—a rallying cry that sums up why you do what you do. And we help each person find ways to stay connected to that purpose on a regular basis.

Working on Purpose increases engagement and decreases apathy. Your team develops a shared understanding of why your work matters, and you can use your Purpose as a guide to making better choices every day.

Forces

See and take charge of the forces affecting you

In the complicated, ever-changing landscape that we work in, it’s easy to feel knocked around by factors that seem outside your control—time, budget, stakeholders, the competitive landscape. But often a team has more agency than it realizes. There are positive forces that can be leveraged and ways to neutralize the negative forces.

Our tools help the team see and unpack the complex web of forces affecting you. The manager picks a set of forces to discuss, and then each person rates whether it’s a positive or negative influence, or somewhere in between. The team then gathers to discuss and align on their Forces Map and brainstorm ways to gain more control.

Working on this habit makes the team more proactive and increases your sense of agency. You see the forces at play more clearly, and you’re less threatened or startled by them. You begin to anticipate and mitigate negative forces while taking advantage of those forces working in your favor.

Bold Moves

Focus the team’s time and energy around a big ambition.

All teams have to devote some percentage of their time to work they have no choice about, but the stuff you choose to do should be chosen carefully. You need to narrow it down to a handful of big initiatives that have the potential to create real value for your organization—bold moves the team is excited (and perhaps even a little scared) to take on.

A manager kicks off the work on this habit by suggesting a handful of possible initiatives. Then, each team member weighs in on the suggested moves: What inspires you? What scares you? Where do you see the most value? Once the individual ratings are in, we provide advice based on the team’s responses. Finally, the team gathers to discuss, refine, prioritize, and ultimately pick a first move to make.

Working on Bold Moves helps your team narrow in on where to focus your efforts for maximum impact. You have an ambition created, endorsed, and shared by the whole team, which makes each person more invested and accountable.

Outcomes

Define what victory looks like.

Your team performs better when you have a concrete idea of what you’re aiming for and a plan for how to achieve it—with clarity about the role each person plays, the timeline, the measures of success. But sometimes these things get fuzzy, and the team can get into cycles of wasted effort.

Our Outcomes tools help you put a stop to spinning. We make it easy and safe for each team member to acknowledge when things are fuzzy. And we help you define your goals. For each goal, the team creates an “Outcomes brief”—a simple way to capture your thinking about timing, success measures, and who’s responsible for what.

Working on Outcomes can help a team get back on track when you’ve lost your way—or chart a clear path from the very beginning. We help you take the pulse of the team to see where there’s confusion. And we teach you an easy, repeatable way to define success measures in the future.

Reframing

Get creative in how you see and solve problems.

Just like people, teams can get stuck. But the best ones know how to look at a tough situation from multiple angles, creatively solve the problem, and adapt to change without missing a beat. It’s a skill that any team can learn, but it takes a little practice.

Our tools teach you how to reframe obstacles into opportunities (or at the very least, how to get around those obstacles effectively). Our Five Lenses tool teaches you tried-and-true techniques for creative problem solving. Once each person has practiced the lenses with a fictional scenario, the team then uses them on a real problem you’re facing.

Working on Reframing helps your team become more resilient, more generative, and more inventive. You're able to stay on course yet adapt as conditions around you change. When faced with the unexpected, the team knows how to band together and use its smarts to chart a new path forward.

Duos

Take the time to build and deepen trust.

Each person on your team has a duo with every other person on the team. When these bonds are strong, the team is happier and exponentially more effective. When duos are broken, there’s hoarding, snubbing, passive aggressiveness, and circular conversations. All of which waste time and create huge risk.

To keep your duos healthy, you need to periodically take their pulse. Our Duo Diagnostic tool helps you assess your duo with each teammate, and will give you a sense of what your overall relationship patterns look like. From there, we help you make a plan to repair broken duos, strengthen neutral ones, and keep strong ones going strong. Unlike other tools within Teamworks, these tools are done privately by each team member.

Working on this habit gives each team member a chance to step back and reflect on your relationships on the team—digging underneath the surface to understand why trust is or isn’t there. And we help you identify what’s required to take your duos to the next level and then make a concrete plan for getting there.

Belief

Find out what people need to see in order to commit.

Belief is like a renewable energy source: It gives your team the fuel to keep going even when things are ambiguous or challenging. It’s essential to build conviction within the team and inspire key people outside the team. But as important as belief is, it’s also a little elusive and abstract. Sometimes, it’s not always easy to see or say when belief is missing.

Our tools help you measure belief within your team, with a quick gut check that identifies what’s causing doubt. Then, we help you look at belief within key stakeholders: Who are the skeptics and who are the advocates? What do people need to see in order to believe in your team and its work? Finally, what’s the story you need to tell to keep belief levels high?

Working on Belief helps you recharge the energy level within the team—giving you the will to do more and keep going further. It also helps your team mobilize important advocates who can evangelize on your behalf, remove roadblocks, and create new opportunities.

Decisions

Make smart decisions that stick.

Sustained momentum on any team depends on your ability to face a choice, weigh the pros and cons, and commit to a path forward. But bottlenecks in decision-making are one of the most common sources of team dysfunction. Usually, the cause can be traced to one of two things: Clashes in decision-making style among team members or a breakdown somewhere in the decision process.

Our Decisions Diagnostic tool helps surface where people are and aren’t alike in how they approach decision-making. With that knowledge in place, we teach you about the six phases of decision-making, And we help you analyze where your team needs to improve your process and how.

Working on Decisions helps your team gain a better understanding of your decision-making strengths and weaknesses, so you can avoid decision bottlenecks in the future and make smarter decisions that stick.

Stay on track

As you work on each habit, we email you advice and reminders to keep you going. After you’ve completed all the initial tools, we help you create a team ritual to reinforce the new thinking and behaviors starting to take root. And when you’re ready, we recommend what habit to focus on next.

We also have a manager dashboard, where you can easily chart your team’s progress through the Teamworks habits and encourage team members to complete outstanding tools.