Aligning Teams for Growth and Change

Washington, D.C. Program

In an uncertain world, successful organizations not only anticipate and manage change, they drive the direction of change. They are led by agile teams that are able to collaborate, flex and move forward seamlessly together - across departmental units, even during challenging conditions. Propel your team to the next level by bringing them together for workshop-based learning that focuses on tackling a specific change challenge that the organization is facing. You'll align your team both physically and ideologically by testing your teamwork on the water and in the classroom.

Course Overview

Inspire team and organizational success by focusing from the inside out during Aligning Teams for Growth and Change. By working side-by-side through every facet of the program, you'll foster a winning team culture and confidently tackle your specific team challenges during the program and beyond. Your team will leave the program ready to seize growth and change opportunities by pursuing new directions as a unit.

Half of your time will be spent on case analysis, small group workshops and individual & team diagnostics to help your team learn how to communicate and collaborate more effectively. You'll diagnose and solve issues of team dynamics that will allow you to keep your team on track once you return to the office.

Everyday, you'll also get your team working together out on the Potomac River as you row, and ultimately compete, a full racing shell with your organizational team. Led by world champion Dan Lyons, you'll listen, adjust and sweat your way to a new level of teamwork - and a life-long respect for the power of effective collaboration.

Prepare Your Team

This program is designed for participation by seven individuals from an organization, which may or may not work together everyday as a team. You'll register as a team, complete group work as a team and row as a team - leading up to a regatta race at the end of the week against teams from other organizations. As your team discovers new insights throughout each day, you'll come together each evening to apply your learning to your own organizational challenge. Here's what you need to prepare your team:

  • Each team is comprised of a maximum of 7 people. We encourage you to enroll 6-7 people from your organization for a more effective experience.
  • Space in the program is limited to 5 teams, so early registration is recommended.
  • Come to the program prepared to work through a specific change-related challenge facing your team or organization. We'll host a pre-program session to learn more about your challenge and ensure that your team is ready to hit the ground running.

Where You'll Excel

  • Cultivate an environment driven by collaborative, high-performing teams.
  • Visualize and effectively communicate shared goals.
  • Bridge differences between team members and discover which of your personal skills are most helpful in competitive and collaborative situations.
  • Design team structures that maximize output without overextending individuals.
  • Examine and experience the many emotional factors at play during challenging conditions.
  • Assess your team's performance and adjust to maintain consistent high-performance.


  • Diagnosing and Remedying Team Dynamics
  • Coaching for Exemplary Performance
  • Creating a Culture for Paramount Team Functioning
  • Bridging Differences in Teams
  • Learning the Right Lessons from Your Team Experiences
  • The Roles Collaboration and Teamwork Play in Change and Business Growth
  • Secrets for Inspiring Teams
  • How Individual Strengths Blend Into Team High Performance 


You and your team will walk away from Aligning Teams for Growth and Change with:

  • A heightened awareness of your own strengths as a team member
  • A more participatory and collaborative mindset
  • Olympic techniques and concepts for coaching teams, including the ability to inspire commitment, loyalty and pride while striving toward a shared goal
  • A sharpened ability to assess and applaud the talents of individuals and determine which tasks will best suit each team member
  • Ways to build team member potential without sacrificing productivity


This program is designed for teams responsible for enhancing effectiveness, growth, innovation or enterprise-wide performance. Mid- to senior-level project, unit and division teams will benefit from learning and performing together as they discover how to adjust, align and excel under any condition.



Associate Professor of Business Administration 
Isabella is an expert, published author and teacher in the areas of leadership, change and organizational behavior, with special expertise in leading change as a middle manager. She has extensive experience helping companies worldwide with leadership development, team-building, and strategic alliances and partnerships. As a certified executive coach, Isabella helps managers and executives achieve their highest leadership potential in order to do the best work of their career and inspire others to do the same.


World Gold Medalist and Olympian in Rowing 
Founder and President of Team Concepts Inc. 
Founder of Champions of Hope Inc. 
Lyons is noted for his expertise on teams, team-building and leadership, reflecting his unique combination of high achievement in the sport of rowing, perspective as a coach for the past 30 years, and extensive military and ancient history knowledge and teaching background. In addition to competing in the 1988 Olympics, Lyons rowed on seven U.S. national teams, won world and Pan-American gold medals, and was inducted into the U.S. Rowing Hall of Fame after winning 11 national championship titles. He holds two master's degrees (one from Oxford) and a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Location & Accommodations

Sands Family Grounds
Darden School of Business 
1100 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia

As a participant, you'll stay in a private room at the Hyatt Centric, just a few minutes walk from the Sands Family Grounds. Accommodations are included in your tuition.

Daily rowing practice will be held at Thompson Boat Center on the Potomac River. Transportation to and from the boat center is provided.

Tuition & Certificates

$55,000 covers materials, meals and accommodations for a team, with a maximum of seven members.

By taking this course, everyone on your team will earn one week of credit toward a Certificate in Leadership or Management.