Create Team Clarity

How to Create Team Alignment to Get Peak Performance

“Having tripled in size and recently merged, LSA helped us create team clarity on our executive team to increase our level of strategic alignment, solidify our new direction and push our agency forward with clear goals, roles and success metrics. As we look to rapidly scale, the clear and actionable critical few strategic moves combined with how we differentiate ourselves to our top accounts and target clients have really set us on a great path to success. This is exactly what we needed to get to take our team to the next level.”

Matt Britton | CEO | MRY, a Publicis Groupe Company

“LSA Global rocks! Thank you for helping our executives create team clarity.  Our executive team now has a clear and powerful strategic direction with clear metrics of success, accountabilities and actions going forward. From a sales growth perspective, I am really energized about the outcome and grateful for what I have learned throughout the process.”

Stacey Wong | Director of Sales | Servicon Systems

We define a team as a collection of people all working toward a common goal.  Overall, teams outperform individuals when success requires a combination of multiple skills, judgments and experiences.  Examples of high performing teams abound in sports, military special forces and elite institutions.

Teams are different than Working Groups.  In general, Working Groups have no collective work product beyond their individual accomplishments  Examples include golf and gymnastic teams.  Teams are also different than Tribes.

A Tribe is a collection of people who know why they are together, are passionate about each other and bleed for a unified common cause and trust each other implicitly.  A good example of a tribe is a family.

You know that you are part of a team if the majority of your success is dependent upon the success of others.

Creating a high performance team starts with team leaders creating shared clarity, agreement and commitment in the following areas.:

  • Alignment: For a team to excel, it must fully align itself with the vision, mission, values and strategic priorities of the organization.  Ensure the team understands the corporate strategy enough to align with it.
  • Shared Goals: Clear goals are the hallmark of high performing teams.  Ensure the fundamental purpose and goals of the team are clear, believable,  implementable and committed to by all key stakeholders.
  • Clear Roles & Responsibilities: High performing teams have a clear grasp of how each individual contributes to team success and what to expect from others.  Ensure roles and responsibilities play to people’s strengths and desires while being clear, understood and committed to by all team members.
  • Credible Success Metrics: For teams and individuals to thrive, they must know where they stand and hold each other accountable.  Ensure individual and team performance measures are aligned, relevant, fair, accurate, transparent, consistent, timely and just possible.
  • Critical Processes and Practices: The way teams prioritize, solve problems, reward, communicate, make decisions, share information, innovate and handle conflict directly impacts their level of performance.  Ensure  critical processes are understood, accepted and aligned with where you are headed.
  • Effective Interpersonal Relationships: High performing teams interact with each other in a healthy and supportive way.  Build trust, openness and acceptance to improve team dynamics and effectiveness.
  • Barriers to Success: Every team faces challenges.  High performing teams identify barriers within their circle of influence and create solid action plans to overcome them in a way that makes sense.

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In the Next Generation Management Development courses, I was trained with skills and tools that have made me and my team more productive, motivated, and successful at communicating with other departments.

 

Kevin Ashman
Firmware Engineering Supervisor

LSA’s Employee Engagement Consulting and Survey work has provided critical visibility into: how well our people are holding up under the general economic environment, as well as, the specific challenges that face biotechnology companies in their efforts to discover and develop new medicines; their level of alignment and commitment to XOMA’s Vision and mission critical strategies; how leadership practices and management systems support an environment that engender commitment, and the specific actions that our leaders can take to improve on areas that are important to our people. I highly recommend LSA’s employee engagement solutions.

Chris Wells
Vice President, HR and IT

LSA Global’s consultant brought a fresh perspective to our behavioral based interviewing strategy for two key executive positions we needed to fill, and their consultant helped us develop questions that produced a much deeper understanding of candidates’ capabilities. I am confident that the two new executives joining our organization have the right skills to add significant value. Throughout the process LSA was also very responsive in dealing with short lead time requests.

Because of the unique nature of our business, Excel is a core application in our accounting organization. After three attempts to find an Excel consultant who is capable of helping our finance team integrate advanced applications into our work processes we found LSA and Alex. He was not only a “Real” Excel expert but was masterful in helping us identify where to use Excel applications in our processes to increase our group’s efficiency.

SPO Partners & Co
Kim Silva, CFO

In my years working with LSA, it seems like I’ve had a personal consultant at my fingertips to help me identify just the right solution to satisfy our needs. The entire LSA team has become a trusted friend of Actel — assuring we provide state-of-the-art learning to meet our complex, high-tech business and people needs.

Linda Mitchell
Training Manager

VNUS Medical has been very pleased with the effective management development programs that LSA Global has delivered for us over the last four years. The programs have been universally facilitated by experienced and best in class instructors. The knowledge gained by our management team has been put into practice very quickly. VNUS is very happy to be working in partnership with LSA because they consistently deliver excellent programs that receive exceptional feedback from our management team.

Cindee Van Vleck
Director Human Resources

I continue to be impressed by the level of leadership development and management expertise and quality of advice and facilitation that LSA has to offer. What a smart and client-centric group of great people who really know how to help leaders attract, engage, develop and retain top talent.

Tracy Esposito
Director, HR Business Partner

What a refreshing change from the half-baked psycho-babble you normally get from “training” organizations. LSA gives you the assistance you need to define and reach your goal, and then they give you a results driven plan – not just a temporary fix. They are great to work with, and even more importantly, they “get it!”

David Fiano
Vice President Human Resources

LSA custom designed a Management Development program that is absolutely “on target” for our technical managers. Their facilitator has done a superb job delivering the material in a way that is fast paced, highly interactive, and fun. She presents practical solutions to the people situations that our managers face every day. I regard LSA as an excellent partner that understands our business needs and a virtual member of our HR department.

Judith Onton
Vice President Human Resources

LSA helped to meet the needs of my teams within a very narrow timeframe. My team walked away with highly useful management tools and practices. LSA saved us time in delivering the right solution for our specific needs.

Sandeep Kumar
Director, Software Engineering, EPG

Our company engaged LSA to do a specialized “train the trainer” program, and the consultant’s performance outdid our exceptionally high standards for such a program. Very crucial to the success of this program was the work done upfront to discuss our needs and to interview key members of our organization so that the program specifically met our goals. Our facilitators continue to comment on the success of the program. Thanks also for the follow-up.

Frank Abbott
Chief Financial Officer

LSA has been a tremendous asset to my portfolio, both at my current company and my past company. As an HR leader, I am always looking for ways to find external resources that can provide a solution to our management training needs. LSA does that for me. Their solutions are presented in a much more leadership-oriented manner so as to be crisp, business relevant, and easy to apply right back on the job. I will continue to augment our programs using LSA solutions.

Ken Boehm
VP of Human Resources

Avon’s success is dependent on strong relationships among our Customers, Representatives, Associates, and outside resources we hire to help us meet our business objectives. We were very pleased with the results from working with LSA Global to design and facilitate a custom program for our events management team. LSA demonstrated responsiveness, flexibility, and an innovative approach to working with us.

Deanna Rudnitsky
Senior Manager, HR Destiny Sales Region

LSA’s approach and ability to bring the best resources to eBay has been a great asset. They really focus on helping us succeed in any way they can and are very flexible in meeting our management and talent needs.

Mike Normant
Learning & Development

ebay

“We turned to LSA to help us custom design and deliver a leadership and management development curriculum to help drive performance. They have done an excellent job diagnosing the business situation, designing an approach that fits our culture, and delivering a first class solution.”

Sally Buchannan
VP Human Resources

We value our relationship with LSA Global. We came to LSA because we wanted to improve overall behavioral based interviewing capabilities of our managers to increase the probability of both hiring top talent and future leaders. LSA designed a highly customized solution for our business and culture. We are currently rolling out this solution to our leaders. I would highly recommend LSA Global as a top quality resource.

Rae Phillips
HR Project Manager - Training & Development, PHR

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