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Identifying with Your Team

Identifying with Your Team

“F… the team!“

Does that shock you? About 10 years ago, a trusted advisor said this! Lawrence Polsky, my business partner, and I had just disclosed to her that we were refocusing our leadership and change management practice from individuals to teams. She didn’t think that teams were as critical as individuals to business success. And a lot of leaders think that way.

Why don’t people appreciate teamwork? Well, it makes sense, in a way. We have technology,… Read the full article >

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Measuring Teamwork

Measuring Teamwork

 

Research and experience tell us that collaboration is critical to organizational success. In fact, 86% of executives cite poor collaboration as the main reason for workplace failures. And only 14% of executives feel completely satisfied with their ability to collaborate and make decisions as a team. Why is it so difficult to work together?

We often hear executives say teamwork is important. Some CEO’s even make it part of their corporate values (Ford, Bain, Pfizer). But even as they… Read the full article >

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Orienting Your Teams Toward Success

Team alignment

 

Are your team meetings oriented toward success? Or are they loose, unstructured amalgams of daily life, jokes, chatter, and very little progress? You need some fundamentals if you’re going to orient your team toward success!

Team building does not happen in an empty space. It has a very specific context and fulfills a very basic need: alignment. Good team building combines business topics with collaboration and team dynamics, helping a team organize and start work each day with a clear… Read the full article >

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Readying for Launch

Team alignment

You’re launching something new in your organization: a new business unit, a new innovative product, a new growth plan… anything new that is supposed to improve your company.

In every case, you have 3 choices. One, you can create a dysfunctional team where people are miserable and the project will ultimately fail. Two, you can create a functional team that does a “good job” but isn’t good enough to capture the results you desire. Or three, you can create a team… Read the full article >

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Trash 360° Feedback?

360 Feedback

When used appropriately, feedback from 360’s is an outstanding way to grow talent, increase team and company performance, and uncover blind spots. All this can be done without hiring expensive outside consultants – because your colleagues know your company best.
However, the power of 360’s is rarely fully leveraged. Too often, they are hijacked and used for the wrong reasons. That has made people suspicious and even sarcastic about 360’s. To avoid these traps, we recommend three 360 feedback strategies:

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