Building Good Teams


(25 ratings)


2 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

Creat more efficient, effective and committed teams through the science (and art) of teamwork.

Hosted by

Bob Gower

Expert in collaborative teaming. Clients include: Wikimedia, Spotify, and Zoom.

Course overview

Stop Micro-Managing & Start Leading!

Teamwork is magic when it works, and painful when it doesn't. Creating a good team may seem mysterious at first, but most of the job is simple and straightforward.

Let me help you understand the essential ingredients of teamwork — and know how to use them to develop your own unique style of leadership.

In no time you'll be a master chef of teamwork.

Building Good Teams is ideal for:


Ambitious Leaders

Take your leadership skills, your team, and your career to the next level.


Dissatisfied Leaders

Analyze your team and design a path to high performance.



Lay the foundations of a collaborative and resilient company culture.

Topics we'll cover:

Your Role as Leader

Develop the mindset of architect not a taskmaster.


Nurture trust, psychological safety, and collaboration while promoting diversity and inclusivity.


Eliminate waste and reach maximum velocity.

Good Conflict

Integrate viewpoints — without watering them down.


Set boundaries and act with integrity to show up at your best.

Org Structure

Develop the systems that support great teaming.

Difficult People

Identify and deal with challenging people on your team (before they become a problem).


Change initiatives that really change things.


(25 ratings)

What leaders are saying:

        Bob is one of the very few people I've ever met who has years of experience, and is well-versed in the latest, cutting-edge approaches. He's incredibly high IQ and high EQ — that is very, very rare. He's a pretty special consultant and advisor.
Lisa Lewin

Lisa Lewin

CEO, General Assembly
        If you want to improve your Leadership and Management skills, take this course. Things I loved: Bob is a fantastic facilitator and sessions are interactive and collaborative. We didn’t glide across the surface, we dug in and I could use the material right away. It was SO valuable to learn with other students from a range of industries. Thanks, Bob!
Brian Shea

Brian Shea

Salesforce Consultant
        Successful communication leads to intentional action, which can only happen with enrollment. Bob's work offers you a  breakthrough in finding all three.
Seth Godin

Seth Godin

Author of "Leap First"
        I thought Leading Great Teams would be good professional development. I had no idea how much I'd learn about how teams work, why they may be struggling, and more importantly, how to create a great team. Yep, I learned HOW - which is often lacking in leadership training. Bob kept the pace and us engaged! 10 stars, highly recommended!
Usheevii King

Usheevii King

NYU Assistant Vice Provost, Faculty Engagement and Development
        Leading Great Teams gave me a great model of how teams can and should work. I had extremely high expectations, and my expectations were met. The Team Assessment, Team Charter, and User Manual were my favorite tools. Truly thankful for all of these extras! Bob, his team, and everyone in the cohort were very generous and kind.
De Angela L. Duff

De Angela L. Duff

NYU Associate Vice Provost and NYU Tandon Industry Professor
        Epic: that’s what the Leading Great Teams course is. Bob Gower leads sessions by combining thought leadership, education and discussion, with taking action with our own teams, which is where the magic really happens. This course helped me approach work with a better understanding of and care for myself as a leader. What a breakthrough,
MéLisa Best

MéLisa Best

Communications and Marketing Manager
        Bob provides a simple set of tools that will help you and your team align and thrive.
Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown: CEO and author of "How to Be an Inclusive Leader"
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Hi, I'm Bob.

Bob Gower

Bob Gower

Organization Designer & Team Development Expert

Bob Gower is a cult survivor turned organization designer who brings 30+ years of experience leading creative and technical teams in publication production; software development; and organizational transformation. 

The crux of his work? Bob cares deeply about creating organizations that are net-positive for the world and has a passion for promoting diversity, equity, and sustainability through his work

Early in his career, Bob witnessed firsthand how nefarious and poorly constructed organizations can turn toxic quickly, which resulted in bad products, financial ruin, and a negative impact on fellow “members.” Expertise in what he’s coined “good teaming” stems directly from this experience, and has extended to impassioned work influencing systemic change. 


A leading voice on agile development, lean theory, and responsive organizational design, Bob has authored two books: Agile Business: A Leader’s Guide to Harnessing Complexity and Radical Alignment: How to Have Game-Changing Conversations That Will Transform Your Business and Your Life.


Bob has advised leaders at numerous globally recognized companies, including the New York Public Radio; General Assembly; Salesforce; Ericsson; General Electric; Ford; and Spotify. 


He holds an MBA in Sustainable Management, frequently keynotes gatherings and lectures (on four continents and counting!) on what it takes to build great teams and organizations, and teaches courses on the expert-led learning platform, Maven. 



Teams are Made of People (Feb 7)

  • Drawing the boundaries of your team.
  • Your personal user manual.
  • The complex simplicity of great teaming.
  • Assessing your team's current state.
  • How to spot and manage problem people.
  • How social contagion impacts team performance.


Teams are Complex Systems (Feb 9)

  • The real role of a leader.
  • Characteristics of high-performing teams.
  • How to encourage constructive conflict.
  • Essential team meetings.
  • How to reach maximum velocity.
  • Efficient work tracking and prioritization.


Bonus Session: Unique Challenges (Feb 11)

Practicum on the challenges you and your classmates are facing.


Lifecycle of a Team (Feb 14)

  • Stages of team development.
  • Team chartering (starting off right).
  • Collaborative decision making (that doesn't suck).


Team Transformation (Feb 16)

  • How to make systemic change stick.
  • Organization systems that encourage teaming.
  • Leadership and personal growth.
  • Zero-Based org design.
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Welcome to Building Good Teams

Learning is better in cohorts.

Learning is better in cohorts.

Active learning, not passive watching

This course focuses on live workshops and hands-on projects.

Learn with a cohort of peers

You’ll be learning in public through breakout rooms and an engaged community.

Develop your support network

Surround yourself with like-minded people who want to grow alongside you.

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