Because the whole should be greater than the sum of its parts
In their classic work The Wisdom of Teams, authors Katzenbach and Smith outline the basics of effective team performance :
- Specific goals
- A common/shared approach
- A meaningful purpose
- Problem solving
- Technical and functional arenas
- Interpersonal relationships
Accountability that is:
- Shared among a small number of people
- And is taken on by each individual on the team
When these basics are met, results such as high performance, collective work products, and personal growth occur.
The Executive Team Development Program addresses all areas of this model. Each member of the leadership team brings some of these skills to the table. This program allows team and individual development to occur simultaneously with the goal of creating a true high performance leadership team.
The Executive Team Development Program aims to address the potential dysfunctions of teams in an effort to develop a solid, well integrated team that shares a common focus and approach to leadership. The unique combination of team and individual developmental activities are designed to serve the needs of the entire team, resulting in a stronger, more effective team. It does this through a four step process:
- Assuring everyone on the team knows themselves and each other very well through the use of assessment tools, and revisiting the purpose and values of the team, a foundational element of any effective team.
- Revising and refining team member job descriptions to be sure that key accountabilities for each position are clearly identified and documented.
- Re-forming the leadership team through the application of a common process taught to everyone (and rooted in the purpose and values of the team), and then addressing five requirements for great teams.
- Overlaying these steps is team and individual executive coaching for each team member to support their growth and development.
The application of The Executive Team Development Program is customized to the needs and circumstances the team faces. As such fees will vary accordingly.
Katzenbach, Jon R., and Smith, Douglas K., The Wisdom of Teams, HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 1993, p.8.