About Better Teams
Better Teams offers products and services that inspire and transform leaders and teams to excel, thrive, and make impactful contributions. Our products are easy to use, fun, and relevant to the challenges of leaders and teams. Leaders and teams become more self-aware, savvy, and skilled in how to work effectively and efficiently. They identify specific ways to increase the engagement of themselves and those around them and become deeply fulfilled by their work.
Better Teams was established in 2017 by Leigh Ann Rodgers. Through her years of working with a variety of companies and organizations, Leigh Ann observed that teams that are experiencing challenges and transitions oftentimes do not have the internal expertise, resources or time required to successfully overcome these challenges and come out on the other side as happy, high performing teams. Better Teams was created to solve the problems that teams face when undergoing any type of transition or change.
Better Teams offers high-quality, unique solutions for two distinct groups of customers:
1. HR Leaders/Learning & Development professionals at mid-sized companies, AND
2. Independent Consultants who work with teams
Both of these professional groups are charged with improving team dynamics for teams that are experiencing change/transition or conflict (struggling teams), as well as teams that include aspiring (or struggling) leaders.
Meet Our Founder
Leigh Ann Rodgers, M.Ed., CPF, CVF
Extensive Experience in:
- Facilitating team building workshops
- Executive Coaching
- Learning & Development design and delivery of leadership and communication training
- Virtual meeting facilitation
Leigh Ann is a thought-leader in maximizing employee engagement and improving team dynamics. She has been recognized by leaders around the world for the ability to get tough and resistant teams to open up and participate actively. As an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator with 20 years of experience in the human development field, Leigh Ann is a skilled coach, trainer, and meeting facilitator working in North America, Canada, Europe and Asia with numerous Fortune Global 500 companies to help leaders cultivate cultures that are both highly productive and positive.
For over two decades, Leigh Ann has cultivated a passion for people and teams. Motivated to provide solutions for the common challenges that all leaders and organizations face, she channeled her passions into creating the Better Teams Model and Assessment which includes five components, all critical for a high-performing team: Alignment, Readiness, Happiness, Leadership, and Trust. She has also founded Team Consultant Academy and Forward Membership to support the development of professionals serving leaders and teams.
Leigh Ann has been recognized for her volunteer service, serving as the Vice President of Programming for the Southeast Association of Facilitators where she was honored with the President’s Award for two consecutive years.
Leigh Ann lives on St. Simons Island with her husband, cat, and two boys when they are home on college breaks. Her happy place is The Farm, an animal sanctuary, where she volunteers to help care for the horses, a mule, goats, pigs, and cats. Rex, a blind horse, is her favorite, though Clarke a pig who will sit on command for treats is a close second.
Better Teams Mission, Vision, and Values
Mission: To provide services and tools that cultivate happy and high-performing teams.
Vision: To inspire and empower people to be engaged, connected, fulfilled, and successful in their work.
We experiment and fail fast, exemplifying a growth mindset.
We provide second-mile service to each other and our clients.
We give candid, caring, and supportive feedback to each other and our clients.
We extend grace and assume positive intent.
We are intentional with our efforts, and make sure everything we do has a positive impact and a positive return on investment.
What Leigh Ann’s Clients Say About Her
“We worked through a very packed agenda over the last few days. But, as we learned from folks over dinner last night, the session you led was among the most appreciated and – almost certainly – the most critical. Indeed, we have welcome external facilitators in the past. However, we’ve rarely received such” strong feedback on both the facilitation and the activities – well-deserved praise, especially given the very short turnaround time and tight schedule.
Vice President, Strategy & Operations
Erick K. Marmolejo, Ph.D.
“Having successfully partnered with Leigh Ann in a prior organization, I knew, if anyone could help us chart a unifying course, it was Leigh Ann. She listened, emphasized, clarified, was open to feedback, and quickly prescribed and coordinated what turned out to be precisely what the team needed. She identified opportunities to build trust among the team members, helped to design a workshop to develop key skills in facilitation and consulting and even went above and beyond by helping us identify a much-needed team cohesion event that people still talk about in the hallways today. Leigh Ann is my a go-to resource for help when it comes to developing excellence in team cohesion, consultation, and facilitation.”
Senior Manager, Sales Capability Development
“My team is split between two cities and there can be competition. This can create tension, combativeness, and unresolved conflict. Leigh Ann was able to create a trusting environment and facilitate an honest conversation with my team. I was surprised how vulnerable each of them allowed themselves to be. Leigh Ann helped us to brainstorm solutions to our communication problems. We also devised an implementation plan that has made lasting changes to our team. We have continued to invite Leigh Ann back to our team retreats because of her ability to strengthen teams, improve communication, and inspire new thinking.”
“Leigh Ann partnered with me to develop a full-day program to help a disparate group of coworkers become a more enlightened and collaborative team. Using the DISC assessment and her superior facilitation skills, Leigh Ann enabled a powerful combination of self-discovery and meaningful mutual discovery. The candor, receptivity, and acceptance she helped unlock has had a lasting impact on the team. In the 9 months since our session, we have seen an improvement in collaboration, team engagement, and business results. Leigh Ann is equal parts genuine, intuitive, empathetic, and effective.”
Vice President – Merchandising
Dr. Regine Bruny-Olawaiye
“We used Better Teams to facilitate our team retreat this year and we are filled with gratitude for the totality of the experience! From planning to execution, Leigh Ann was the consummate professional. She made time for multiple touch points for connection to ensure that we were prepared. Our team really needed an opportunity to disconnect from their daily work in order to connect & learn about each other and recharge. Leigh Ann worked with our leadership team to produce content that was relevant and well received. “Words like “safe space”, “energized” “This was fun!” and “a good balance between structured and unstructured activities” were just a few phrases our team used to describe their experience. We are looking forward to future collaborations with Leigh Ann & Better Teams!”
New York University
“Leigh Ann Rodgers provides excellent leadership training aligned with the professional development pillar of the Partners in Disability Leadership (PDL) program. A PDL faculty member for three years, Leigh Ann is instrumental in helping The Arc of Texas support a new generation of leaders in their work to improve the quality of life of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.”
Leadership & Advocacy Coordinator
The Arc, Texas
“Dynamic, empowering, thought-provoking – just describing the session we experienced with expert team builder, Leigh Ann Rodgers. We also concluded that The Better Teams Model is useful not only in organizations but in every walk of life.”
Chapter Leader of a Professional Association
Better Teams Community
Learn. Share. Practice. Move FORWARD. Join the Better Teams Community, FORWARD, to network and grow with some of the most experienced professionals in the field of team building and facilitation.
Better Teams Assessment
The Better Teams Assessment report provides you with data to quickly identify your team’s strengths, challenges, and next steps. Follow the Leader’s Guide to facilitate an open dialogue that empowers the team to co-create action plans for success.
This cost-effective online assessment will generate insights about the team that pave the way to actions that increase engagement and retention.