T-Group training develops more self-aware, emotionally intelligent and effective leaders.

HOW CAN YOU BECOME
A MORE INFLUENTIAL LEADER?

How can you increase your influence?

What behaviors positively affect the way you’re perceived?

How effective are your interactions
with others?

How do people perceive you?

What behaviors make a negative impression on others?

How can you increase your emotional
and social IQ?

Participating in a T-group can help you answer these key questions.

WHAT IS
T-GROUP?

T-group (“T” stands for Training) is an innovative, experiential, and transformative learning methodology that enables participants to practice and develop foundational self-awareness, emotional intelligence, interpersonal, and other skills and competencies key to leaders in a complex business world. T-group was pioneered by Kurt Lewin (referred to as the founder of modern social psychology) when he was Director of MIT’s Research Center for Group Dynamics.  T-group was further developed at NTL National Training Laboratories and by Organizational Behavior faculty at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

HOW CAN T-GROUP
HELP BUSINESS LEADERS?

Research indicates that EQ is a better predictor to success than IQ. Daniel Goleman suggests that over 80% of the distinguishing competencies of outstanding leaders are made up by emotional intelligence.

 

The T-group approach has been used effectively in business schools, executive education programs and other learning and development initiatives in order to develop more self-aware, emotionally intelligent and effective leaders. T-group forms the basis of the most popular elective course for 45 years running at Stanford Graduate School of Business, which is taken roughly by 90% of the Stanford MBA class every year. Our methodology and programs are based on the rigorous training and decades of experience facilitating students and leaders from the US and abroad at Stanford University Graduate School of Business as well as in corporate settings.

EQ-emotional intelligence

“Effective leaders are alike in one crucial way: they all have a high degree of what is known as emotional intelligence”

– Daniel Goleman

HOW DOES T-GROUP WORK?

The  learning process occurs in small groups of 12-15 participants and 2 trained T-group facilitators. The learning process will take place on multiple levels:

INTRAPERSONAL

Increasing your awareness of your inner dynamics

INTERPERSONAL

Increasing your awareness of others and building effective relationships

GROUP

Managing group dynamics to form a high-performing team

What is the facilitator role?

The role of the T-group facilitators is to help to apply the T-group methodology to your own leadership and personal goals. They will help the group to establish the safety and connection that are needed for risk taking, self disclosure, feedback exchange and conversations across differences, all in service of the participant and the group’s learning goals.

T-group methodology helps with leadership and personal goals

HOW IS T-GROUP UNIQUELY IMPACTFUL?

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

T-Group is an experiential practice of many of the leadership skills necessary for building high-performing teams of diverse individuals in complex environments. Without an agenda, structure, or fabricated role plays, T-Group participants practice and develop core skills and behaviors through real-time interaction and dynamics. Participants learn about diversity, conflict, and influence by engaging with each others’ differences in power, status, and privilege.

FEEDBACK EXCHANGE

Feedback is a proven way to increase self-awareness and promote agency that allows one to close the gap between self perceptions and others’ perceptions. In T-group interactions, participants and facilitators provide rare, actionable information about how one comes across and impacts and influences others. Participants also practice giving feedback with the goal of minimizing defensiveness in the recipient of the feedback and motivating him/her to shift behavior and/or perspectives.

INTERPERSONAL RESILIENCE

T-group is a “lab” for interpersonal experiments, allowing participants to learn about themselves through the information that others provide us with. These interpersonal exchanges can be vulnerable and, at times, difficult. Developing resilience when interacting with others is an important part of the T-group experience: learning how to peel different layers of conversation will lead to a mutual desired outcome, and to strengthening the relationships.

INFLUENCE IN A DIVERSE ENVIROMENT

Business today is done in a global settings. The T-group “lab” allows participants to safely explore how to build bridges across different cultures, different languages, different mental models, and different work styles. When taking palce in T-group, these conversations yield a wealth of information about effective leadership behaviors that increase one’s trust in others, no matter how different they are. Once established, this trust will enable the group to make effective decisions, and operate in a high performance mode.

WHAT IS OUR STORY?

T-Group International was founded by Agnes Le to bring the innovative approach of T-group to business leaders from the US and abroad. Agnes first participated in T-group fifteen years ago as an MBA student in the Interpersonal Dynamics course at Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB). Like for many thousands of GSB alumni, the experience remained one of the most impactful learning she had both personally and professionally. Having experienced its transformative potential, Agnes became a trained T-group facilitator at the GSB. Over and over, she was amazed by the result of this experiential learning. With a desire to bring this innovative approach to business leaders across the globe, not just for Stanford MBA students, she started T-Group International, an organization that collaborates with other talented facilitators and leverages their collective experience and their individual diversity.

 

As an entrepreneur in her early career, Dikla learned the hard way about the importance of relationships and effective leadership. Like many entrepreneurs, she was passionate about her ambitions, but did not always remember how much she needed others to make the dream come true. Years after she sold her company, she encountered new challenges: as an international professional living in the U.S., the cultural barriers were hard to overcome. As she searched for tools and knowledge to overcome these barriers, she become an avid practitioner of the T-Group (training group) methodology, both as a participant and – since 2006 – a facilitator. Today, her passion centers on how group work can empower individuals by providing an environment for feedback and learning across cultural, social, and demographic differences. T-Group International is an initiative of Global Leaders Lab.

Agnes Le, MBA

CO-FOUNDER OF T-GROUP INTERNATIONAL

Dikla Carmel-Hurwitz, MA

CO-FOUNDER OF T-GROUP INTERNATIONAL

We are fortunate to draw on a talented pool of senior facilitators and coaches who have been trained by the Stanford Graduate School of Business and/or the National Training Laboratory Institute (NTL), who have experience working with business leaders, and who have international experience.

T-GROUP
PROGRAMS

Our flagship program is a 5-day condensed format of Interpersonal Dynamics that combines short lectures and activities based on the T-group methodology. Contact us for a sample schedule.

 

We also tailor shorter or longer programs for corporate clients based on their needs.

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HOW WILL OUR T-GROUP PROGRAM
BENEFIT YOU?

By participating in our experiential learning program, you will:

Develop your interpersonal and influence skills and learn to build more effective professional relationships

Increase your self-awareness and practice the five competencies of Emotional Intelligence (self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, social skills and empathy)

Increase your ability to manage conflict situations effectively

Increase your ability to give and receive feedback that results in higher performance in your teams

Learn about diversity, conflict, and influence by engaging with each others’ diversity and differences in power, status, and privilege

Learn how to engage with others in order to develop a culture of learning and high-performance

T-Group International is an initiative of Global Leaders Lab.

CONTACT US

We are based in Palo Alto, near Stanford University and San Francisco. We deliver programs around the world.