Many of our initial client engagements are a request for Team Building. The conversation goes something like this: "Can you help us bring our management team together? We are not clicking on all cylinders right now". While our answer is always, "Of course we can support you", before we commit to a traditional experiential team building workshop we engage in a series of diagnostic questions to be certain that team building itself is the right answer.
In late May 2012, I had the opportunity to work with CEO and President, Kevin Nagel, and the staff and management at Keyano College. Using KESA's "Leading Above the Line" process, we reviewed Keyano's Comprehensive Institutional Plan and established their commitment to keeping things above the line. The two day session utilized a variety of activities intended to bring the College staff, faculty and management together to confirm key directions, organizational changes and to build a greater sense of community.
I was supported by Ron Woodward, Head Coach, Clock Builder Consulting. His observation of the strategic planning session was really insightful: "By engaging people in a variety of modes i.e. intellectually, emotionally and physically, they had the opportunity to reflect on how they can be both personally and collectively accountable for the success of Keyano College".
Complex situations require effective leadership skills, focused group process, a division of tasks, and reaffirmation of what we respect. As organizational development consultants we are often asked how a leader can get the most out of their people.
Collaboration is an essential ingredient for numerous elements of organizational life including: project success, staff engagement, problem solving, innovation to name just a few. There are numerous opportunities for integrating the elements of collaboration into projects, team meetings, strategic planning processes and everyday interactions.
A collaborative culture helps to build an environment where contributions and opinions of others are valued and respects, but more importantly, a collaborative culture taps into the creative and innovative talents of people.
Consensus is a desired end result yet it remains an illusive goal for many team leaders and teams. What are the keys to building consensus AND high quality decisions and what are the leadership skills required?
What is consensus: Consensus is the act of obtaining agreement of all members of a group pertaining to a solution or decisionConsensus is a team and leadership skill where the goal is a decision that is consented to by all group members.
Full consent does not mean everyone must be completely satisfied – the decision must be acceptable to the extent
Take a moment to think about the team you're leading: Are they high performers working together to achieve a common goal or are they simply a group of people working on the same project? If team members are continually bringing their critical issues to you in private and expecting you to rescue them by solving their problems, it’s time to focus on team building skills and training. Here are 2 recommendations to get you started:
Organizations will promote and hire new leaders at an unprecedented rate over the next couple of years. Many of these new leaders will fail because they won't focus on the right priorities during their first few months in their new position.