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!

Lacy Hodges and Savitra Dow: Synergistic Relationships Involve Maximizing Each Other’s Strengths

“My strengths allow me to problem solve and provide creative solutions, Lacy’s  strengths focus on understanding the logistics and details.’” While Ms. Savitra Dow draws on her Restorative and Futuristic Strengths to arrive at ideas, Dr. Lacy Hodges focuses on the...

Kerry Wallaert: Mentoring with a Focus on What is Right with Someone

“Instead of focusing on what you don’t have when you look at a job description, what do you have? And how can you state that in the language that’s already in the job description?” Kerry Wallaert approaches mentoring with a focus on “what’s right with you.” When a...

Kerry Wallaert: Applying Strengths in the Coaching Circle and PhD Exams

As a certified Strengths Coach speaker-trainer, within her first week on campus Kerry Wallaert immediately connected with ETD Director Dr. Mary Lynn Realff. Wallaert has been working with CliftonStrengths since 2007 (at Southeast Missouri State and Georgia State...

Renita Washington: Bringing CliftonStrengths to Academic Advising

An hour away from Georgia Tech at Gordon State College, deans, chairs, and classroom leaders from all across campus gather for the kick-off of a new leadership program. Tables are clustered in small groups, interactive activities are dispersed around the room, and the...

Meltem Alemdar and Christopher Cappelli: Innovative Curricular Assessment

Assessment is often treated as an afterthought, Dr. Meltem Alemdar remarks, tacked on to the end of a project to validate the results. For the NSF-IGE grant-funded project “Integrating Team Science into the STEM Graduate Training Experience,” this is, thankfully, not...

“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