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Staff Development Council Strengthens Teams Through Fun, Functional Workshop
U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya

Staff Development Council Strengthens Teams Through Fun, Functional Workshop

By Javier Chagoya

Hal Pitt, founder and CEO of Hal Pitt Seminars, discusses processes of communication during a Coaching and Team Building Seminar hosted by the NPS Staff Development Council, Jan. 25. During the two-day program, Pitt used mnemonics like TIPP, or Teamwork, Integrity, Pride and Professionalism, to help convey the key factor of trust when communicating.

A total of 34 NPS employees from across campus attended the two-day workshop, and one department in particular, the university's Contracting and Logistics Management (C&LM) directorate, brought in their entire staff to learn about concepts in team building and to stoke some inspiration to improve productivity.

"One of the most valuable takeaways from this course was learning about the importance of a vision statement, and how it can truly shift the dynamic of a team. In addition, his real-life examples of other company cultures, and how they built strong teams, was really useful," said Candice Dixon, C&LM Chief Management Officer.

Dixon said the fun and educational training session helped boost her team's morale, something she believes will help her organization better serve the NPS campus.

"It gave us tools to use for improving our own team, it was about building our team up rather than pointing out deficiencies," said Dixon. "The Contracting and Logistics Management team participated in this training and learned lessons that will ultimately benefit a campus of over a thousand. The small changes we make now will be the catalyst for a greater change that stretches beyond the C&LM," Dixon continued.

Pitt, who is also a motivational speaker, was impressed by the NPS staff and their open-mindedness during his lectures and exercises.

"The contracting team was lively and eager to learn. It's rare I have a department attend a workshop with a shared passion to improve their morale and customer service. I am excited to see their progress with their team vision and values," he said.

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