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How to Align a Successful Team: Step One

There are several steps to align a successful team.

Regardless of our industry, our organization and our role within our organization, the ability to align and motivate the people who work for us or with us is a mission critical skill. Simple fact. And this is not an easy thing to do. Almost everyone shows up with their own ideas, their own agenda, and their own dreams of being the leader. So how do we consistently get the people who we work with to play well together, to “share the sandbox” so to speak?

There are several steps to building and leading an aligned, motivated team. So, what’s the first key step towards higher effectiveness and performance from your team? The answer is simple. Before you do anything at all, the key to building a great team is to get very clear, in your own mind, what the purpose, mission, goal, destination or direction of the team needs to be. What are you working towards? What are you trying to create? What problem are you trying to solve? What is the raison d’etre for your team’s existence?

You need to work all of this out before you can even hope to build a great team, because this work — this thinking — will set up everything else in your effort to build a great team.

Start there… think about where you want and need the team go, what you want or need them to achieve. Be as clear and specific as you can. Be as action-oriented and results-based as you can.

Our team needs to reduce $500,000 of wasted expense in the next three months.

We need to increase our market share by 10% in 2010.

We need to raise $1,000,000 for the cause this year.

We will win five medals at the next Olympic Games.

Fill in the blank for whatever is necessary for you and your organization. But the point here is that great teams start with a clear purpose. Otherwise, things get murky, harder to define, and harder to control.

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Leadership Tips: When to Debate, When to Dictate

I’m working with an executive right now who has an interesting and engaging leadership style. He likes to collaborate, he likes dialogue, he wants to hear what people have to say. He allows lots of input, and seems to detest strict hierarchy. I like this style, actually, because it is similar to my own. But… Continue Reading

You Can Tell A Person’s Real Character By…

… the way they treat people when they think no one else is looking. … the way they treat people who “don’t matter” to them. People who can’t give them what they want. … the way they treat you when they don’t need anything from you. I apologize for the apparent sermon today. What prompted… Continue Reading

How to Practice the MOST Human Thing

Note: This piece was originally published on September 23, 2014 at business and leadership blog Switch and Shift. It’s a great resource for leadership topics and discussion about how we can improve the human side of how we do business. Be sure to check out some of the posts and articles from the other contributors there.… Continue Reading

To Lead a Successful Team, Remember This About Your Teammates

A quick thought for you today… We preach “knowing your audience” here at The Latimer Group. We preach it all the time, all day, every day. It is critical to clear communication in the 21st century. In a team context, we would add a slight wrinkle. In a team context, being a great teammate and… Continue Reading

How to Ask the Hard Questions and Be “Realistically Positive”

So much of the psychology of our business culture is about teams, working together, looking for the “win-win” scenario… and that’s all good. Those are good things to work towards. But can we try hard to create a collaborative environment, and still handle the hard and uncomfortable questions and issues? I hope so, because it’s… Continue Reading

Willingness to Work

This, the last component in our ARROW equation on strong team alignment, is probably the easiest to grasp. On an aligned team, the members of the team are all willing to roll up their sleeves and actually do the hard work to get a positive outcome. It is one thing to understand roles, be respectful,… Continue Reading

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