Teamwork starts at the top. Always. To create a culture that supports the organization’s success, your executive team needs to establish the right goals and lead by example.
Too often senior leaders bemoan the lack of cooperation and collaboration among the company’s divisions and departments. As they search for answers to the problem, it rarely occurs to them that they ought to start with themselves.
Before any attempt to the change the company’s culture, the executives must first make sure they are functioning as a well-oiled team. Once all is in order at the top, they are ready to take on the rest of the organization.
Top-notch Executive Teams Have…
- A meaningful purpose
- Shared goals
- The right mix of people
- Strong interpersonal relationships
- Helpful operating principles
- Effective problem solving
- High levels of candor
- Mutual accountability
- Key indicators
6 ways we can help you transform the company
1. Build high-powered exec team
You probably have talent and drive in your executive ranks. People don’t make it to that level if they are missing either. What may be missing is the ability to work together in a manner that helps the team perform up to its potential.
2. Get the lay of the land
Everyone likes to think the people in his or her organization are doing just fine. Unfortunately the people at the top are usually the last to know. Smoke floats up and distorts the situation. A neutral, outsider is usually in the best position to help you understand what’s really going on.
3. Set powerful organizational goals
There are no shortage of worthy goals an organization can pursue to improve teamwork. The problem is focusing on the ones that will generate the best return. Identifying the possibilities and making good choices is a critical step in the transformation process.
4. Build a plan
It’s easy to decide people should be more candid or better share scarce resources among themselves. It’s hard to know how to get people to do those things. It requires some good ideas and a workable plan that will produce the desired results.
5. Serve as implementation resource
In order for the plan to cascade throughout the organization, you’ll need people to run meetings, lead training, write articles, serve as coaches, and all the other tasks that are part of your plan. We can fulfill many of these needs.
6. Monitor and adjust
Many consultants kick-off an initiative and then head for the door. We believe in hanging in there as long as you want the assistance.