If you could get all the people in an organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time.
Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
How many of the following statements seem true about your team and your organization right now?
- Your organizational culture cannot be simply and clearly stated
- There is ambiguity in the team about direction and priorities
- Talent is hard to find and even harder to retain
- Meetings lack focus or purpose
- Project and ship dates slip
- People drop the ball
- Tension underlies the team
- Conflict is tolerated and unresolved
- People fail to recognize and tap into one another’s skills and experiences
- Results are disappointing
A highly functional organization is one with clarity and alignment of leadership purpose and employee actions; a cohesive team that, in turn, creates the dynamics and the culture that drive results. Engaged employees are able to focus their time and energy on the universal goal, naturally rallying the entire organization toward the outcomes.
As a team coach and consultant, I observe, listen, survey and ask questions. I summarize the culture experienced by your employees, and outline concrete steps you and your team must take to help your managers and employees to begin rowing in the same direction. I identify the levers of the culture you want to promote – including stories that inspire pride in your employees, communications that move people to action, and ways to fine tune your strategy given your market and other constraints.
Explore the wealth of available resources here. If you are ready to dig deeper, set up some time for a complimentary call and see if we have the kind of fit that will help optimize your team and results.
- Understand the eight key — and often invisible — dimensions of team success.
- Consider a Team Jump-Start, a four-part program that includes a dynamic mix of group-work with the team as well as individual coaching for key members. Observing your team in action, I watch and listen with forensic intensity. I coach and inspire leaders to action. The results are two-fold: a leadership team that works, and an organization that performs.
- Invite everyone on your team to read Helpful: A Guide to Life, Careers, and the Art of Networking. Do the exercises, sharing results and insights along the way.
- Practice a rhythm of Strategic Planning with your team to remain ever-clear on where you are, where you are going, and how you are going to get there.