Over the long term, companies thrive when they are built upon a strong leadership team.
A strong leadership team is a prerequisite for product or market decisions.
And yet, how are most companies started? In typical entrepreneurial circles — business schools, incubators, angel funds, venture capitalist firms — entrepreneurs are relentlessly challenged with two questions:
- What is your product or idea?
- Who is your market?
While these questions are important, they fail to paint the whole picture. No product makes it to market as originally conceived. Further, no company survives for very long with one product. This means that, even during the earliest days of a company’s existence, there is something more fundamental to a startup’s success than the product idea. The secret sauce is a leadership team that can function cohesively; a leadership team that can bob and weave efficiently; a team that can adapt quickly as products and ideas morph into revenue-generating reality.
Compounding these challenges are the facts that both local and global markets are accelerating. Consumers are becoming sophisticated and have complex needs, demanding new and individuated products at accelerated rates. Competitive pressure is escalating. In this environment, successful organizations are those that can listen, change and adapt.
A cohesive leadership team can lead this charge.
A cohesive leadership team is a team that wants to work together, that continually improves how it works together, that understands how to communicate across various communication preferences, and is propelled by the power of leveraging each other’s strengths and preferences. Such teams inspire and attract talent, create and adapt products, identify and penetrate markets, execute and deliver results, scale and grow the business.
In short, the most important element in starting and building a successful organization is a highly functional, cohesive leadership team. Everything else follows.
So, I am launching the Cohesive Leadership Project.℠ My goal is to make organizations better, stronger, more authentic.
Here’s how the project works. Small cohorts of 5 – 10 people come together to learn the essentials of being part of a cohesive team. Cohorts meet for four two-hour sessions.
- Session 1 covers the essentials of a highly functional team – what does it look like?
- Session 2 delves into communication and collaboration – how do we relate to one another?
- Session 3 explores our strengths – what do we bring to the table?
- Session 4 will be a brainstorming session – what can we make?
Let’s jump-start our economy. Let’s start some organizations. Contact me for more information or to request a cohort in your town.
The cost is minimal, the potential is infinite. Join the revolution.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Cohesive Leadership Project?
The Cohesive Leadership Project is an extension of the services I offer to corporate teams and leaders. It is a labor of love and a community service.
The project itself is a series of two-hour workshops that immerses participants in the essentials of a highly functional team. The material is based on many years of experience and research from a broad array of sources.
2. Why are you doing this?
- Companies and organizations led by cohesive leadership teams are great places to work. Work should be joyful, not drudgery. Dysfunction cannot continue to be the norm. Scott Adams may have fun poking at the craziness of the corporate world. The Cohesive Leadership Project aims to do something about it. We intend to make the world a better place to work.
- Companies led by cohesive leadership teams produce outstanding results — quarter over quarter, year after year.
- America needs more leaders — especially ones who can lead diverse, creative, innovative organizations.
- America needs more jobs. To get more jobs we need to start more businesses. Starting with a team of people that not only want to work together but know how to do so effectively, is one way to start a great company. This was how Hewlett Packard was started. Same for Google and Twitter. A small group of people got together and were determined that they wanted to work together.
3. How much does it cost?
The price is minimal. There is a small cost to cover the meeting rooms and the materials needed for the assessment tools used in the sessions. Contact me and we’ll work something out.
4. Who should participate in the project?
Leaders, potential leaders, and those that aspire to be so. Anyone who wants to start a great company or build a great team.
5. What happens at each session?
Session 1 covers the essentials of a highly functional team – what does it look like? We delve into issues like trust, accountability, healthy conversations, and reputation – to name but a few.
Session 2 delves into communication and collaboration – how do we relate to one another? We start with a Myers-Briggs assessment to understand our preferences in communicating and decision making. Then we learn how to leverage each others preferences for powerful collaboration.
Session 3 explores our strengths – what do we bring to the table? We look at a tool called The Sweet Spot that explores who you are, what you’re good at, and what brings value to the team and the marketplace.
Session 4 will be a brainstorming session – what can we make, What can we do? Playing with the possibility that this cohort could be a leadership team, we’ll blue-sky brainstorm what would be possible if this team were to form a business. Not every cohort will go on to be the next Hewlett Packard. But we’ll plant seeds … and we’ll water a few of them … and some of them will grow.
6. When are the cohorts scheduled?
Cohorts are forming now across the US and Canada. When we get a critical number in each city we will annonce an official schedule. Contact me with a brief expression of your interest and I will work you into the schedule.
7. How do I sign up?
Contact me with a brief expression of your interest and I will get back to you quickly.