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Monday, January 11, 2010

Team Building Step 1 : Build a Cohesive Management Team

My 2009 experience and my current consulting engagements further strengthened my belief that organizational change and performance improvement are achieved more easily if members of management team are able to demonstrate collective leadership. What are the indicators that your management team has it?

Communication among management team members is unencumbered
. When team members communicate with each other, they do so with a great deal of candor without fear of damaging the cohesiveness of the team. They are able to demonstrate collegiality thereby blurring if not totally erasing departmental divide or silos. This helps improve collaboration, problem solving and decision making.

There is unity of communication. If there is anything that best aids the promotion of change in the organization, this would be it. When everyone in management conveys the same message, with the same fervor and conviction, the message becomes crystal clear. Nothing muddles change more than a manager griping about it and washing his hands in front of his staff. When there's unity of communication, the organizational members don't have to second guess priorities and needed results. Work becomes more focused and needed changes are achieved much faster.

There is just too much benefit to building a cohesive management team for any leader to ignore it. Despite its importance, however, why oh why do many of us ignore it? I can only point to two possible reasons; denial and not knowing what to do. Many clients deny that they are slowed down by silos and politics and I understand why. An admission of this is tantamount to acknowledgment of a weakness which a lot of us are not comfortable doing. Admission however, is the first step towards management team rehabilitation.

If any of this sounds familiar to you, please do not ignore it. If you have the power to change your situation, take the FIRST STEP. If you don't have the power, bring it to the attention of the one in power. Set it in motion, get the ball rolling, begin the journey towards building a more cohesive management team. Make it the most important leadership and organizational development investment you will make this year.

Lastly, make it an ongoing process. If you need help, let me know (yes, I know, shameless self promotion :))

If you are with Human Resources Department, know that not too many of other managers will take the initiative towards this. If your Top Management is not thinking about it, maybe it's time to make it your job to let them appreciate the importance of building a more cohesive management team.

See ExeQserve's Team Culture Building Program.

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Ed Ebreo - Management Team Building

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.


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