Developing teams that work together effectively.

We positively reshape team experiences through research-driven methods and a strengths-based approach.

Our Methodology

We create opportunities to reshape teaming experiences by having the Georgia Institute of Technology community ask themselves three key questions:


Who Am I?

What makes me unique? What talents do I have? How do I approach things? How do I express what I do best and what excites/energizes me?


How Do I Team?

How do I interact with others? How do I understand the diversity that others have? How can I see what others bring to the table? How do I bring my best self to the team?


How Do We Team?

What conversations do we need to have to understand and navigate through team dynamics? How can our team work interdependently to get excellent outcomes?

We Work with All Teams

Undergraduate students, graduate students,
faculty & staff, and all professionals!

Transforming Engineering Education With ETD: A Conversation With Dr. Jill Fennell

By Brianna Anderson Engineering innovations rarely happen in a vacuum. Professionals often work in teams to solve complex problems and share their ideas. However, many engineering majors need help learning how to collaborate and communicate effectively. Dr. Jill...

The Heart of Innovation: Exploring the Origins of ETD

“Authentic demand is the motivating force behind success in innovation.” By Brianna Anderson Academics and business leaders want to create meaningful innovations that make an impact. But even the most helpful and unique innovations often fail to attract the interest...

Introducing the Whole Elephant Podcast: An Interview with Dr. Lee Hibbard

By Brianna Anderson The Effective Team Dynamics Initiative is excited to announce the launch of our new podcast series, “The Whole Elephant.” This project showcases the work of the ETDI, helping students, faculty, and staff learn how to best work and thrive together...

How to Bring ETD To Your Campus

By Mike Lehman Working effectively as a team is an essential part of collaboration, especially in an educational environment. Group dynamics are often not about the individuals in the group but rather more about how team members interact and contribute. Effective team...

How to Handle Group Conflict as a Student

By Mike Lehman Undergraduate and graduate students commonly need to complete tasks and projects in groups. Team collaboration in a classroom setting is often a way to distribute the workload to complete a project seamlessly. Still, certain group work challenges can...

“It is as though the Five Finger Pulse Check gave the students permission and motivation to tell what was bothering them because I think we would not have learned about these issues otherwise. We made changes in the class meeting format and each sub-team had action items, resulting from the exercise. It was a great investment of our time and energy.”

Dr. Mary Ann Weitnauer

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

“I firmly believe that the implementation of Effective Team Dynamics into our curriculum has provided more tools to successfully communicate and resolve internal conflicts within a team.”

Dr. Chris Cuba-Torres

School of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

“Not only did my students learn more about how to identify their own strengths; they also learned more about how good teams consist of members with complementary strengths. Students ended up with higher functioning teams and some of the strongest team projects I’ve had delivered to me in nearly 10 years of teaching.”

Dr. Rebekah Greene

Campus Labs, University of Buffalo

“The process of learning each others’ strengths and making sure that tough conversations were being almost forced as a means to complete an assignment actually helped bring up some of the underlying issues that nobody really wanted to address.”

Undergraduate Student

Georgia Institute of Technology