Last month I spent time with Patrick Lencioni. I always get so much value when I spend time with him. He is an incredibly gifted writer and without doubt the leading voice in the world today on organisational health. During our time together I asked Pat a variety of questions, all of which arise from the challenges and issues we encounter while working with executive teams, in South Africa and around the world. It is a powerful and insightful interview and I hope you find it as interesting and stimulating as I did while making it. We deal [...]
We recently worked with an executive team that was working very hard but not seeing the results. Perhaps you are part of a team like this? You are dedicated, work long hours, are constantly online, perhaps even take conference calls at 2.00 am, but your company is just not seeing the results. What is missing is clarity. Clarity means knowing what to focus on to get results. Clarity drives consistent behaviour and it eliminates unnecessary activity. Without true clarity you end up having too many priorities (which really mean none at all) and your behavioural standards are unclear. This leads [...]
A few years ago I found myself working with an executive team where the levels of trust were incredibly low. The lack of it was thick in the air, like pea soup. Team members were guarded and defensive. Time and energy was wasted on self-protection and I noticed how each person carefully managed their words and actions. People hid their mistakes and weaknesses from each other, no one ever dared ask for help. Team members avoided spending time together and everyone dreaded meetings. Predictably these were time consuming and ineffective. Instead of showing boldness the team was hesitant and tentative. [...]
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Patrick Lencioni is a best-selling author, speaker and consultant. He has worked with thousands of senior executives in organisations ranging from Fortune 500 corporations and professional sports teams to universities and nonprofits. He is the author of the international best sellers The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage, which are weekly fixtures on international bestseller lists; his books have sold over three million copies.
Is your team larger than 10 people? If so it is too big. An ideal team size is between 3 and 10 members. This is true for all teams but especially for Executive Teams. When teams are larger than 10 members, meetings become less effective, time is wasted seeking consensus and the necessary conflict and spirited discussion required to generate real clarity is hard to have – all leading to important decisions failing to be made and windows of opportunity closing. An Executive Team we worked with found it very difficult to make the hard decisions about team size and [...]
Your most important responsibility as an executive is to create an environment of success inside your business. We call this organisational health and it is so valuable that mastering it should neither be delayed nor delegated. There are four simple but demanding steps to get your organisation healthy. We say they are disciplines because although common sense, they don't come naturally. To master they require courage, patience and perseverance. Discipline 1 | Build a Cohesive Leadership Team Your first step is to get your leaders, starting with the top team, to behave in a functional, cohesive way. If your leaders [...]
All the competitive advantages we've been pursuing during our careers are gone. That's right. Advantages such as strategy, technology, finance and marketing are gone. These disciplines have not disappeared. They are all alive and well in most organisations. And that's good, because they're important. But as genuine differentiators that set one company apart from another, they are no longer anything close to what they once were. That's because virtually every organisation, of any size, has access to the best thinking and practices around strategy, technology and related topics. Companies use the same consultants, they go to the same conferences and [...]