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

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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“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 have had a very beneficial partnership with LSA for over 2 years. The recent Leadership Development Program that they designed and customized with us to help us identify, develop, and retain top leaders in the organization was a huge success. It was instrumental in helping take our company and our key people to the next level. I would recommend their training and consulting services to anyone looking to develop and retain top talent.

Steve Janowsky
Vice President of Operations

Proxicom

I contacted LSA to help us with leadership development. LSA worked with me to identify a solution that would match our needs as well as our personality. The solution was such a huge success. It received rave reviews. I would highly recommend LSA to other companies.

Karen King, SPHR
Manager, Human Resources

Alliance Data

LSA Global has been a great partner in helping ServiceSource move toward its Vision of being “the leading developer of talent in the service performance management industry.” I have engaged LSA’s services to help develop best-in-class programs in the areas of: Executive On-boarding, Manager Training, Sales Training, Employee Engagement and Instructional Design. They have consistently met or exceeded my (very) high expectations and are always responsive to my needs.

Mike Normant
Senior Director, Training & Development

Service Source

Great job in designing the Mergers and Acquisition strategy session for our global team. The executive presentation and information was excellent. I gained additional insight on the importance of the role of HR in Mergers and Acquisitions.

Gloria Veon
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Fujitsu

LSA demonstrated the criticality for executives to look beyond current ethics topics and focus on applying fundamental values in everything they do to demonstrate true leadership. They successfully delivered in two hours what most leadership development presenters would spend an entire day trying to communicate.

Nick Voyvodich, SPHR
HR Manager

Fujitsu

It was a challenge to find a consultant with an approach to performance improvement that fit our unique culture and style. We were pleasantly surprised to discover LSA’s depth of expertise in the fields of motivation, developmental coaching and performance management and measurement.

LSA seamlessly integrated those components without our folks feeling like the intervention was forced. They understood what we were trying to accomplish, helped us clarify our objectives, and created a solid, refreshing approach that quickly got us moving and engage at all levels across the organization.Overall, I couldn’t be happier that we found a true strategy and implementation partner in LSA.

Doug Hansen
President and Director

Redwood Trust

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

After a difficult search to find a partner that could address a very specific leadership development need, we chose LSA Global. They were responsive to our needs and created a solution that we continue to see results from. It is nice to know we have access to their expertise with a simple phone call.

Valerie Blackburn
Director of Business Operations

Redwood Trust looked to LSA Global as a consulting partner to help us explore innovative and scholarly approaches to promote employee engagement and sustain the unique culture we’ve built over the last decade.  LSA helped us perpetuate coaching as a discipline across the organization by integrating our core values, goal setting and performance management under an interactive coaching program.  We appreciate LSA’s commitment to cutting-edge practices to help keep us a step ahead during this time of rapid change.

Rosalyn Chan
Vice President, Human Resources

Redwood Trust

Having tripled in size and recently merged, LSA helped our executive team to increase our level of strategic alignment, solidify our new direction and push our agency forward. 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 has really set us on a great path to success. This is exactly what we needed to get to the next level.

Matt Britton
CEO

We partnered with LSA Global to help us invest in our people. LSA designed a modular and customized management curriculum that allows us to deliver top quality solutions to our managers and leaders. We consider LSA to be our learning and development partner and our LSA consultants to be an extension of our team.

Lisa Bruun
SVP Human Resources

Ellie Mae

LSA helped us design and deliver a blended learning solution for our leaders to help drive our growth plans in a way that aligned with our specific culture and values. LSA understood our business, had deep expertise in the content areas, tailored the programs to fit our specific needs, and delivered great results. They constantly strive to deliver business impact and align their solutions with our business initiates, culture, and performance management systems. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to take their leaders to the next level.”

Beth A. Taylor
Vice President of Human Resources

Thoratec

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 to develop my thinking and actions related to leading the business.”

Janet Pagano
Managing Director

Ovid

The customized leadership styles and coaching program was the best training that I have ever attended. The facilitators were phenomenal. They have a wealth of experience and knowledge coupled with compassionate and caring styles. I’d highly recommend this leadership training program to any manager, director, or executive looking for a life changing leadership program.

Shoaleh Ghaffari
Director, HR

Cutera

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