Catalyst Connection

Experience the true meaning of teamwork with The Five Behaviors™.

About Us

Organizational Development Manufacturing Consulting Pennsylvania Catalyst Connection
Catalyst Connection delivering team building workshop

Catalyst Connection is a private not-for-profit organization headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We provide consulting and training services to small manufacturers in southwestern Pennsylvania, accelerating revenue growth and improving productivity. Through active collaboration with our clients and the manufacturing community at large, we contribute to the growth, vibrancy, and ongoing robustness of manufacturing in our region.

Catalyst Connection Introduction
Manufacturing in Southwestern PA

Testimonials For Catalyst Connection

  • Operations Managers were provided with the tools and resources to enhance their leadership effectiveness. The information provided in the workshops allowed for managers to continue to engage their workforce.

    Mona Dine Director, Talent Management, HarbisonWalker International
  • For years, Universal Electric’s front line managers and supervisors have been participating in Catalyst Connection's facilitated team building training, and those individuals are still able to leverage the skills and knowledge they learned for working with people.

    Stacey Wolfe HR Manager, Universal Electric Corporation
  • This program is the best training I ever had. The skills we learned in class were reinforced in the homework. David Rea was a big help in assisting me with the employee survey as part of my leadership project.

    Ross Wells Butler Technologies, Inc.


  • The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team

    The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ is a unique learning experience that helps people
    discover what it takes to become a truly cohesive and productive team. The program materials
    include flexible facilitation with two options: the One-Day Facilitation Program or Three-Day
    Facilitation Program.

  • Everything DiSC®

    Everything DiSC® solutions provide rich, versatile learning programs that offer personal insight for
    learners at every level of an organization, using a consistent language of DiSC®. Using a research validated learning model, each solution provides in-depth information including tips, strategies, and action plans to help learners become more effective in the workplace. All Everything DiSC solutions include unlimited access to complimentary follow-up reports and MyEverythingDiSC®, the interactive learning portal exclusive to Everything DiSC.

  • Team Assessment

    • Review the Model
    • How Are We Doing?
    • Team Survey Results

    • Learn The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team model
    • Describe each of the five behaviors that make up The Five Behaviors™ model
    • Understand where the team stands on each of the five behaviors
    • Identify key issues that may be influencing team scores for each behavior

    Description: In this introductory module, participants engage in a brief icebreaker activity to introduce themselves and identify their goals for the session. Then participants learn about The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ model and the specifics of each of the five behaviors. After, participants consider how the team is doing in regard to the five behaviors by identifying where the team is the strongest and where the team is the weakest. Team members then receive their profiles and spend the remainder of the module reviewing their scores for each behavior and looking at key areas impacting each behavior.

  • Building Trust

    • Personal Histories
    • Everything DiSC®
    • Trust-Building Behaviors

    • Give the team opportunities to learn more about one another and practice vulnerability-based trust
    • Identify what is lacking and what needs to be done moving forward to build trust

    Description: This module begins with a very brief review of the definition of Trust. This is followed by the Personal Histories activity, which gives participants an opportunity to get to know one another a little better and to practice vulnerability in a safe environment. The facilitator then presents the Everything DiSC model, and participants learn about and personalize their DiSC® style. Participants then learn about each team member’s DiSC style and share information from their profile that helps team members continue to get to know one another better, while practicing vulnerability in a safe environment. In the last part of the module, the team reviews its assessment of trust-building behaviors.

  • Mastering Conflict

    • Conflict Continuum
    • Healthy and Unhealthy Conflict

    • Explore how the team currently engages in conflict
    • Agree on behaviors that need to change in order to have productive conflict

    Description: This module begins with a very brief review of the definition of Conflict. Then the team watches a video in which Patrick Lencioni describes the conflict continuum. Participants then chart themselves on the conflict continuum and have a discussion around what is required to move the team one way or the other on the continuum. The team then reviews healthy and unhealthy conflict behaviors and engages in a quick discussion revealing behaviors they each have engaged in. Team members then spend time discussing and developing their own norms for acceptable behavior during conflict.

  • Achieving Commitment

    • Top Priority
    • Commitment Behaviors

    • Establish clarity around the team’s priorities
    • Determine behaviors that hinder and help buy-in

    Description: This module begins with a very brief review of the definition of Commitment. Team members then solidify the connection between getting clarity and the team’s priorities by engaging in an activity, Top Priority, where they identify the most important thing for the team to focus on in the immediate future. The module concludes with the team reviewing what prevents/helps the team from buying in and committing to the team’s decisions.

  • Embracing Accountability

    • The Value of Feedback
    • Accountability Behaviors

    • Understand the value of feedback
    • Identify behaviors that will increase the likelihood of team members holding one another accountable

    Description: The module begins with team members viewing a video of Patrick Lencioni outlining the definition of Accountability. Participants then discuss past experiences of receiving feedback, with the goal of helping the team better understand the value of feedback. The module closes with team members reviewing their own accountability behaviors in the context of meetings.

  • Focusing on Results

    • Accountability to Results
    • Understanding Results
    • Common Distractions

    • Understand the difference between collective results and individual results
    • Determine key distractions that prevent team members from achieving team results

    Description: Team members begin by spending time examining what happens to teams that avoid accountability compared to teams that embrace accountability as a way to segue into the idea of collective results. Then, the team views two different videos. One video highlights a team that focuses on results in the “wrong way” followed by the same team focusing on results in the “right way.” Team members discuss the differences in the videos and then turn their focus to their own team by identifying common distractions on the team that prevent each person and the team from focusing on collective results.