TRUSTED COACH. ADVOCATE. THOUGHT LEADER.
Teams are unique, wonderful, and complicated. They can be the source of productive work, a supportive and collaborative environment, and even moments of joy. But they can also be places of confusion, destructiveness, and even trauma. We help create and celebrate the peaks while working through the valleys together.
The Team Elements model has evolved over the last two decades, building on the work of Principal and Founder, Bennett Bratt. Through over 20 years of driving positive Team performance across a range of companies and industries Bennett repeatedly found that Teams made the most progress when they were able to have meaningful conversations in a highly targeted way, on the topics that mattered most to each Team.
As an HR Executive and Team effectiveness coach, Bennett found that very few team performance models combined a systemic perspective with pragmatic usefulness. As a Business Leader, he saw how much more engaged and productive individuals were when they were part of a great Team, and how that impacted both the Team experience and his bottom line. In Bennett’s own words, “I’ve had exhilarating team experiences, I’ve had mind-numbing team experiences, and I’ve had maddening team experiences. I will always choose the first, and I want to help people choose that, too."
Why is Bennett passionate about Teams?
Teams deliver a significant majority of the productive effort in today’s society, both in the workplace and at large. However, focus on performance typically orients around the individual or the greater organization. And typical team building programs fail to address the unique combination of beliefs and behaviors directly contributing to a Team’s effectiveness or dysfunction.
Bennett designed Team Elements to see the distinctive make-up of a Team, create a shared language to define that Team’s experience and equip all members with full ownership of their effectiveness and achievement of outcomes in the face of shifting landscapes and contexts.
Expertise + Education
As a seasoned executive, his former role as VP of HR Talent and Organization Capability at T-Mobile saw him spearhead initiatives that were as transformative as they were strategic. His entrepreneurial venture as the founder of Team Elements showcases his dedication to developing systemic solutions that prioritize people and strategy.
Bennett’s academic background provides a sturdy foundation for his expertise. He has a Master’s in Counseling from Michigan State University and Master’s in Political Science from Tulane University, both which contribute to his understanding of organizational structures, interpersonal dynamics, and individual motivations. Bennett also holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Calvin University. His insights are regularly sought after as a guest speaker at prestigious collegiate institutions, including, UCLA, Pepperdine University, the University of Washington, and Simon Fraser University.