Senior Team Effectiveness
Based on a time-tested model of team effectiveness, we assess the strengths and weaknesses of management teams and engage them in designing and running small or large-scale team meetings and offsites designed to align team members on key strategic issues, address business challenges, and lead organizational changes. Although teams are the daily reality for many people working in modern organizations, they often provide some of the most challenging work experiences. As individuals progress in their organization, their involvement in teams becomes greater, the number of teams they must join to accomplish their work increases, and these teams also become more diverse and complex.
Over the years, we have worked with dozens of leadership and management teams and developed our own model of team effectiveness – partly based on organizational research and partly based on our own experiences. When working with a team, we often start with an assessment of their strengths and weaknesses. Using these data, we then engage them in designing and running small or large-scale team meetings and offsites, designed to align the team members on key strategic issues, address their business, organizational and interpersonal challenges.
Example. The leader of a regional Management Team at a global financial institution was having a difficult time bringing the team members to work together and rise above their respective priorities and interpersonal challenges. We interviewed all team members and administered a survey to surface all the major issues, as well as the opportunities they saw for greater integration. The data were fed back at a two-day offsite – their first offsite as a team – whose agenda included short lectures on team best practices, role-play exercises, and goal-setting work sessions. The team concluded the offsite with a short list of priorities for the team to focus over the next 6 months, until the next team offsite.