Functional teams – or those with mediocre leaders – are generally focused on performing a set of carefully proscribed functions and getting compensated for doing so. Teams of distinction are those that are energized to move forward by aspirational goals and have a determination to prevail over all expectations. How can a team make the leap from the former to latter?
Moving past dysfunction to function is one thing. But to move from a functional team to a team of distinction is another. The Team Diagnostic is a great place to start in either scenario. It gives the leadership of a team key insights into how to raise the team’s results. By looking into the level of collaboration, coordination, and commitment, you can understand what levers to pull to move the team to the next level.
Our clients leverage a Team Diagnostic when:
* Launching a new high-stakes initiative that will require high levels of commitment across the… Read the full article >
The Lumina Team profile shows exactly where you fit in your team and the team profile of traits. It is perfect as its own workshop or as part of a team breakthrough session.
In a snapshot you can see the distribution of personality preferences. You can see at a glance the strong traits and characteristics within a group as well as potential blind spots. Patterns start to emerge, revealing both potential strengths and development opportunities within the team. At an individual level, you can then see where and how you fit in the team.
Teams get off course. It happens. Even with good people and the best intentions. Sometimes a new CEO comes in and needs to turn things around to boost profitability; sometimes a C-level executive needs to change the product mix or the team can’t get its head and heart around the new approach; and sometimes the team (for an unknown reason) is simply not as productive as they could be and needs to improve results. In these and many other cases like them, it is not so complicated.
Mediocre leaders focus on having their teams perform carefully proscribed functions for pay. But those companies that excel, those that create extraordinary results in the challenging world of business, are those whose leaders raise the bar to exceptional heights with aspirational ambitions. Aspirational ambitions are established by smart leaders who understand the nature of people. They know that creating something beyond the ordinary requires focusing people on the extraordinary.
Most leaders are under the delusion that a successful year happens over the course of 12 months. Setting goals and then giving an ongoing effort on a daily basis, creates success. This is not true. A breakthrough year comes fom a combination of team building efforts which start in January. Top performing leaders understand this intuitively and use January to make December great.
“Fantasizing about the future is one of my favorite pastimes.” – Richard Branson
Branson understands the old adage “start with the end in mind.” I met a top performing SWAT team leader who understands this, too…. Read the full article >
A recent study at MIT confirmed that many of you reading this need to speak up!
I agree. In my experience working teams made up of scientists, MD’s, engineers, and researchers, many of these leaders were talkers to the detriment of team performance. They are often articulate and captivating, naturally adding value when they speak. But over time, when they lead the conversation, others just check out. The team sits in silence and the result is one-dimensional results.
This is a leadership problem, of sorts, that can be resolved.