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OD Network Webinar 03-24-2015-Using Debriefs-A Simple, Powerful Tool

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Using Debriefs – A Simple, Powerful Tool for Boosting Team Effectiveness

  Presented by: Scott Tannenbaum, Ph.D.

Duration: 90 Minutes
The best teams make “adjustments” and learn from experience. Unfortunately, many teams don’t. Team debriefs are a simple yet powerful tool for accelerating such experiential learning and can be used with teams from the boardroom to the front line. They can be conducted as periodic “check-ins” to sustain team effectiveness or to help turn around a struggling team. Research shows that when conducted properly they boost teamwork and performance and are well-received by team members. Debriefs should be part of our OD toolkit and we should be preparing managers and project leaders to conduct them with their own teams. This webinar will highlight the research behind debriefs, clarify common mistakes and ways to overcome them, and describe how best to design and lead debriefs to optimize learning and team self-correction. 



  • Understand the science and psychology that underlie debriefs
  • Be able to recognize and avoid common pitfalls when designing and conducting debriefs
  • Be better prepared to conduct debriefs and help others to lead debriefs

Scott Tannenbaum Ph.D. - Biography

During his 25+ years as a scientist-practitioner, Dr. Tannenbaum has served as a tenured business school professor and currently leads The Group for Organizational Effectiveness (gOE), a boutique consulting firm that has provided OD and research support to over 500 organizations, including 75 Global 1000 companies. His research has been cited over 8000 times and he has received 5 research/teaching awards. He has worked with all types of teams from C-suite teams, to teams on oil rigs and medical teams, to teams of astronauts. He was named a Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Association for Psychological Science and co-edited the book “Developing and Enhancing High-Performance Teams: Evidence-based Practices and Advice.”

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