Guiding team processes with the Team Performance Model ® (TPM)

The Team Performance Model ®

was developed in the 1990s by Drexler and Sibbet (USA), with whom I also undertook my training to become a licensed TPM practitioner in the German-speaking countries. The TPM and related methods were conceived for leaders wishing to adeptly guide and positively shape team development processes. The ‘bouncing ball’ model is clear, persuasive and easily understood – not only by team leaders but also by all team members. With the model in the back of their minds, team members can constructively shape the team process and cooperation.

TPM can be seen as a kind of map
providing quick orientation and a shared language for team development, particularly for cross-cultural teams. It allows the increasingly culturally diverse teams of today's organisations to much better utilise their potential.

Teams guided by TPM
are often noted for particular effectiveness, surprising paths of action and innovative results. This careful and managed team process enables your team to maximise potential; creative and flexible and attaining objectives with surprising ease.

The Team Performance Model ® describes seven stages of development for a successful team:
1 Orientation
2 Trust building
3 Goal clarification
4 Commitment
5 Implementation
6 High performance
7 Renewal

Clear indicators are associated with each stage of development,
so you can assess whether a stage has been successfully concluded or not. An objective assessment is provided at appropriate intervals through the internet-based ‘Team Check-up’, a feedback system which team members fill out anonymously, providing you with a precise evaluation and clear recommendations for effective action in each situation.


  • As a leader or coach, you participate in a two-day seminar on the Team Performance Model ® and associated methods and strategies. You gain accreditation as a Team Performance Practitioner, receive a comprehensive handbook and are then authorised to work with the ‘Team Check-uprsquo; while guiding teams.
  • In every phase of the Team Performance Model ® framework you can use the established methods and tools from Team Management Systems ® and Linking Skills ®.
  • Alternatively, I am happy to guide your team through the phases of the process relevant to your situation.