Create Team Clarity

How to Create Team Alignment to Get Peak Performance

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“Having tripled in size and recently merged, LSA helped us to 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 leadership team to the next level.”

Matt Britton | CEO | MRY, a Publicis Groupe Company

“LSA Global rocks! Thank you for helping our executives to 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

Create Team Clarity
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
Working Groups typically have no collective work product beyond their individual accomplishments  Examples include golf and gymnastic teams.  To create team clarity, it is important to know teams are different than Working Groups and that Working Groups are different than Tribes.

Teams Are 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.  If you want to create team clarity, it is important to know the difference between a team and a Tribe.

In general, 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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I continue to be impressed by the depth and breadth of LSA’s expertise in leadership development, and management development.

What a smart and client-centric group of great people who really know how to help leaders attract, engage, develop and retain top talent in a practical and results-driven manner.

Thank you LSA!

Tracy Esposito
Director, HR Business Partner

We contacted LSA to help us design and deliver customized management development programs. LSA worked with us to meet our exact needs. We started at the top with our executive team.  It was such a great success that we rolled it out company-wide. We look forward to a long-term partnership with LSA Global and their team of experts.

Barry L. Byrd, SPHR
Human Resources Manager

LSA Global has been a great partner in helping us move toward being “the leading developer of talent in the service performance management industry.”

I have engaged LSA to help develop best-in-class programs in the areas of: Executive On-boarding, Manager Training, Sales Training and Coaching, Employee Engagement, and Instructional Design.

They have consistently met or exceeded my (very) high expectations and are always responsive to my needs to increase performance, engagement, customer satisfaction, and sales growth.

Mike Normant
Senior Director, Training & Development

Service Source

LSA helped us design and deliver blended leadership solutions for our key leaders to help drive our growth plans in a way that aligned with our unique culture and values.

LSA understood our business, had deep expertise in the content areas, customized the leadership development programs to fit our specific needs, and delivered great results in alignment with our strategic priorities, culture, and performance management systems.

I highly recommend them to anyone looking to take their leaders and the performance of their teams to the next level.

Beth A. Taylor
Vice President of Human Resources

Thoratec

LSA always delivers the right sales, management, and leadership programs at the right time to meet our unique needs. I especially appreciate their ability to deeply understand our business and our culture so that they can design the most valuable and impactful solutions.

Sarah Parks
Senior Project Manager

Hyperion

What a refreshing change from the half-baked psycho-babble you normally get from training and consulting organizations. LSA gives you the practical and results-oriented assistance you need to define and reach your goals.

Their leadership, management, and sales expertise has been invaluable.  They think strategically and provide a results driven plan – not just a temporary fix.

They are great to work with, and even more importantly, they “get it!”

David Fiano
Director of Merchandising

Thank you to LSA Global for their partnership and support in helping us to design and roll-out highly needed and valuable leadership and management development programs that fit our unique situation.

I personally have partnered with LSA Global at four of my previous companies. It continues to be a delight.

We look forward to partnering with them for a long time to develop our managers and leaders.

Suzanne Kinner
VP Human Resources

Blackhawk Network

LSA’s executive coach based his approach on understanding our business circumstances and strategy, as well as our leadership aspirations. The customized coaching covered all aspects of leadership; it was not simply a touchy-feely endeavor.

In fact, the focus on clear business outcomes and real life circumstances challenged me as a senior leader to develop my thinking and actions related to leading the business.”

Janet Pagano
Managing Director

Ovid

The customized leadership program was very practical and achieved our goals. LSA adapted very well to our group and the situation and helped us build trust and awareness of successful leadership styles. We look forward to the next steps.

Erik Okholm
Director of Software Development

LSA’s action-learning leadership approach has been very beneficial to me, our leadership team, and the entire organization.

The balance of development and results has been excellent.

We have made huge progress, and I was also able to identify 2-3 high potentials while having the extra benefit of people stepping up to carry key strategic projects forward.

The experience was better than anticipated.  I could not be more pleased.

Heather Feltman
President & CEO

LSS

Thank you for a great leadership development session today. The facilitator was brilliant.  The team got a lot out of it (as did I).

I believe it will help us create an even higher performance culture by ensuring we have a common understanding of how to create higher performance and work toward clear and common strategic goals.

Simon Jefferson
Managing Director

AKQA

As a high growth digital marketing agency with cutting edge talent, we hired LSA Global to help clarify our strategy and work with our executive leadership team to help implement strategic changes in a way that made sense for our unique culture.

The work was so successful that we also hired them to coach our key leaders. LSA has been instrumental in helping us transition to a new leadership team and triple revenue.

In this age of useless consultants, I highly recommend their practical and business-oriented approach to strategy, culture, and talent.

David Bentley
General Manager

AKQA

LSA exceeded all my expectations.

We interviewed 7 potential training and consulting partners and selected LSA due to their expertise, flexibility, and breadth and depth of leadership solutions.

We were able to design a highly focused and relevant management training course that fit our unique needs.

Our leaders and managers galvanized as a team and are better prepared for the rigors of a leading their teams in a very competitive and fast-changing market.

Mitch Mandich
CEO

Edify

LSA is an excellent sales and leadership outsource partner! They listen to our needs, are responsive, and work at a pace that keeps up with our rapid speed.

We have found LSA to bring strategic, innovative, and practical solutions to meet our business priorities by partnering effectively with our key staff. I consider them to be an important external extension of our team.

Thank you!

Wendy Chinn
Sr. Director, Global Sales Enablement

The quality of LSA’s Leadership Training Programs and facilitators is always top notch. We recognize and appreciate the hard work LSA always goes through to align to our unique culture and meet our specific requirements. Thank you for regularly going above and beyond. Your support and dedication, both on the strategic and tactical side, have been outstanding!

Anna Meyer
Leadership Development

Intuit

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