Operating as a high performance team is critical in many business situations. A team approach is beneficial if not critical in:
While teambuilding typically brings to mind ropes courses and other games, we structure our teambuilding around solving common business issues as a collaborative, well-functioning team guided by our experienced facilitators and coaches.
We share two scenarios in which a client team needed to operate as a collaborative, cross-functional executive team.
A healthcare company had an executive team who were challenged with growth in a low margin business in an industry that was in a state of perpetual change. The CEO was quick to personal attacks and others followed that example. The choice for the executive team was to perpetuate or translate what CEO was saying and stop the negative influence on rest of the organization. Our objective was to contain and explain how the CEO was operating. It was important that each executive understood their unique style and how to interact with the other team members. We used the Birkman as a behavior profile tool for increasing self-awareness. Once the executive team started dealing with each other as a colleague and team member, the growth issue was resolved with everyone contributing to understanding the cause of the situation and options to improve. The results were:
An aerospace organization was developing a strategic plan. However, one of their challenges was that there were many different disciplines which had to be involved from the organization itself and many of its contractor firms. The contractor firms had a coopetition situation, in which they competed on some contracts and partnered/cooperated on other contracts. The organization had to perform with zero tolerance for mistakes. They had to be a high performing team to perform their jobs. By all firms contributing to a jointly beneficial strategic plan, they reinforced the high-performing team mindset that had to exist to conduct their work.
The results were: