Master of
Financial Risk



The ability to orchestrate strong collaboration in teams is a crucial skill for long term success at work. This module covers the essentials for creating a climate that facilitates strong collaboration: how to overcome barriers to common ground, how to foster clear and open communication, the role of social intelligence, as well as strategies to nurture culture and belonging in teams. Students will learn how avoid the most common pitfalls of teamwork and take away strategies to revive team performance after things go awry.
• Duration: 1H
• Participants: up to 60 students


Making Groupwork Work

Participants receive individualized feedback on their interactions with teammates during a real-time (in-person or online) group problem-solving session. The focus is on what interactions communicate implicitly about us and our approach to professional relationships. In the session, we explore how different ways of interacting can interfere with collaborative work. Through detailed analysis of the video-recordings of the interactions with teammates, participants will learn about how they manage the complex and often hidden interpersonal dynamics involved in collaborative work. They will leave the session with a framework to help them map and manage interpersonal complexity for the purpose of improved relationships and team performance.
• Duration: 1H
• Participants: A team (3-5 students)



Students get individualized feedback on their performance during a presentation, including body language, tone, eye contact, verbal habits, and overall rapport and connectedness with the audience. They receive precise, timely, individualized feedback guided by a framework that challenges them to consider the impact that everything they say and do in public has on the effectiveness and efficacy of their communication, and the persuasiveness of their presentation. They will leave the session in possession of a communication compass - a set of structured questions that will help them model and understand their intent and purpose in making a presentation, and the degree to which the presentation itself achieves your purpose.
• Material: a video of your team presentation
• Duration: 1H
• Participants: A team (3-5 students)


Integrative Dialogues

The management of tension, conflict, ambiguity, and radical difference between yourself and others is one of the core skill sets of competent executives. This module helps students map, understand, and, where applicable re-design and re-engineer how they communicate and relate to others in difficult interpersonal situations. It is structured as a personal laboratory experience where students will, in real-time, practice achieving a better - a more integrative, cohesive and committed - outcome in situations involving differences of perspectives and perceptions and misalignment of beliefs and incentives when a collaborative outcome is essential. Participants have a chance to practice their own behavioral blueprints and new behaviors designed to deal with defensive rituals, moves and manoeuvres of themselves and others.
• Material: write-up of a 'Case' describing a conversation or interaction that did not turn out well for participant.
• Duration: 1H
• Participants: A team (3-5 students)


Rotman School of Management,
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON M5S 3E6