Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Big Question

Many times during executive coaching sessions this winter, senior leaders have confided in me that they are deeply frustrated by how dysfunctional their team has become.

“What’s the problem with people these days?”, they ask me. “Why can’t they just get along and get things done?”

There are no easy answers to such important questions. It takes time and perspective to understand what is going on and why it has resulted in the problems that many senior teams are experiencing right now.

Still, one insight I have gleaned from years of this level of work is that most leaders talk team but in actuality just want a single leader work group where they as the leader define all the goals, the agenda, and the definition of success. They want to be in control and in charge. While there is a time and a business context for such a choice, most leaders use team based language but choose single leader work group behaviors thus generating confusion and trust issues amongst the “team” participants.

Because this issue is surfacing in multiple industries across the country, I have decided to spend time exploring and discussing it at the Spring 2015 From Vision to Action Executive Roundtable. It is part of the following larger agenda:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

8:30 am - Registration
9:00 am - 10:15 am - How do leaders deal with continuous strategic and operational changes at the same time?
10:15 am - 10:30 am - Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm - How do leaders create a mission driven, core-value led culture?
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch and Networking 
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm - How do leaders distinguish between when to build teams and when to build single-leader work groups?
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm - Break
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm - How do leaders hold people accountable?
4:30 pm - Adjourn

Thursday, April 9, 2015

9:00 am - 10:15 am - How does one lead with executive presence?
10:15 am - 10:30 am - Break 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Integration and Application
12:00 pm - Adjourn

Location: Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel at 1800 50th Street, West Des Moines, Iowa

If you and your team are interested in discovering creative and effective answers to the question of teams vs. single leader work groups, I encourage you to register today. Here is the link to the registration form:

I look forward to your participation as we discover new and better ways to collaborate.

Geery Howe, M.A. Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational Change Morning Star Associates 319 - 643 - 2257

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