Helping teams and organizations be effective and successful.
Building a Cohesive and Aligned Team
"Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it so powerful and so rare."
- Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions
of a Team
A cohesive team requires several ingredients that build on each other.
The foundation of a cohesive team is TRUST which comes through the humility to admit our deficiencies and ask for help.
Once there is vulnerability based trust a team can begin to have CONSTRUCTIVE CONFLICT. Trust is required because the team needs to know that they are not out to destroy each other in the conflict. The conflict is necessary because it is the quickest way to find the best ideas.
After conflict has worked its way out, the team will need to COMMIT to whatever decision has been made. This commitment is possible because the conflict has aired everyone's opinions and each individual knows the decision was made with all the information out on the table.
Once teammates are committed they can begin to hold each other ACCOUNTABLE to those commitments. This is not comfortable or easy, but if the whole team holds each other accountable rather than only the leader keeping people accountable everyone is more effective.
Finally the whole team needs to focus on the team's collective RESULTS. Each team member must not look for their own advancement first, because if the team fails they also failed.
Once a team is cohesive the next step is to make sure everyone is aligned and headed in the same direction. To achieve alignment 6 simple questions need to be answered:
Why do we exist?
How do we behave?
What do we do?
How will we succeed?
What's most important right now?
Who needs to do what?
With these 6 questions answered a team can know where they are going and how to get there.
I am excited to help you and your team. I will work through these systems with you to help your team effectiveness. I am also excited to see your organizational health improve!
(See The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni)
Helping Engage Employees
"The three root causes of job misery are at first glance obvious and seemingly easy to resolve. And yet they remain largely unaddressed in most organizations."
- Patrick Lencioni, The Truth About Employee Engagement
Employees want to be known, effective, and helpful. Leaders can help employees with all three of these issues.
Taking time to learn about an employee will help them feel known. Feeling know boosts moral and connects the employee to the team.
Helping an employee find a way to measure their own progress each day will help them see their effectiveness. When an employee feels effective they will be excited about what they are doing and accomplishing.
Showing an employee who they are helping will give them a reason to come to work day after day. It is fulfilling to know you are helping others whether it is inside the team or organization or if its someone outside the organization
I am excited to work with you to improve the lives of your employees and at the same time help your team or organization succeed.
(See The Truth About Employee Engagement by Patrick Lencioni.)
Coaching Effective Leaders
"Great leaders see themselves as Chief Reminding Officers as much as anything else." - Patrick Lencioni, The Advantage
Leading a team or organization doesn't have to be complicated, but it is hard work. We all sometimes need help and reminders of how to do our jobs. I would love to work with you to help you be the most effective leader you can be.
Effective leaders will always remember leadership isn't for their personal gain, but rather, it is a responsibility. Leaders who truly want to be effective need to:
Build their team
Manage their subordinates
Be willing to have difficult and uncomfortable conversations
Run great team meetings
Communicate constantly and repetitively to employees
With these five principles leaders can take their teams and organizations to amazing heights! We are all learning and I'd be happy to join you in this learning process.
(See The Motive by Patrick Lencioni.)
The Six Types of Working Geniuses
"This groundbreaking new model and assessment have revolutionized the way I look at work and teams. I am excited for everyone to understand their gifts and frustrations so they can better experience fulfillment and dignity in their work." - Patrick Lencioni
The 6 types of Working Genius is a new model that helps people discover their natural gifts and thrive in their work and life. When people are able to better understand the types of work that bring them more energy and fulfillment and avoid work that leads to frustration and failure, they can be more self-aware, more productive and more successful.
Working Genius identifies the six fundamental activities that are required for any type of work and provides a simple framework for how work gets done. Too many people feel frustrated, underutilized or misunderstood at work. Far too many teams experience failure, feel stuck or are confused because they don't know how to tap into the people around them. Working Genius is changing the way people are thinking about their work and teams, and is leading to more dignified, fulfilled and successful work.
If you want to learn more about The Six Types of Working Genius and how to apply it I'd love to talk.
(See The Six Types of Working Genius by Patrick Lencioni.)