Do you have a stable of thoroughbreds, all poised at the starting gate, waiting for the gun to go off so that they can charge to the finish line with their blinders on? Or do you have a high performing team of people who work together across silos, managing differences to achieve what is best for the business…not just themselves? Your answer to this question may be the difference between success and failure.

Team Development

Strong talent is key; however, in my opinion, a strong team trumps strong individual talent. The ability to bring players together into a high performing team is one of the essential roles of leadership. Knowledge of team dynamics, and the fundamentals of creating and sustaining a high performing team can be the difference between success and failure. The list of models, resources, theory and practical advice in this area is staggering, so find the approach that makes sense to you and run with it!

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Cross Cultural Management

Having employees with diverse experiences and identities (from ethnic diversity to gender, age and education) is a tremendous asset for improving organizational performance. Developing a diversity strategy and executing on a plan to make inclusion and diversity an integral part of the way the organization operates—is critical today.

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Silo-bridging is nothing more than a fancy term for working interdependently and cross-functionally in an organization. There is a structural challenge in most organization that barriers exist between departments, and despite good intentions, these barriers keep people from working together. In the best case scenario people are working cross-purposes and in the worst case scenario value for the organization is actually being hurt or destroyed. Leaders have a responsibility to help their teams create a common sense of purpose and direction to drive innovation, create value and deliver results.

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Pat Lencioni tackles a prominent symptom of corporate frustration: silos, the invisible barriers that separate work teams, departments and divisions, causing people who are supposed to be on the same team to work against one another.



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