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Howard O'Donnell


Are your teams all rowing in the same direction?

I recently had the opportunity to try out rowing with a team of 5 managers and the experience got me thinking ... We were all novices and at first struggled with simple things like finding the right positions, teamwork and most importantly -how best to communicate in order to find the right team rhythm. After forty five enjoyable minutes we had made a lot of progress by revisiting some important team lessons that made real sense both on the boat and back at work. 

Teams are the means by which most things get done in organizations and being able to get people to work together more effectively can be the difference between winning and losing in today’s competitive business environment. Today, there is mounting research to show that how well your senior teams work when they are together reveals the true potential of the organization. When we work with senior teams it is immediately evident if you are working with a team (as Professor Lynda Gratton would say)  in a 'Hot Spot' or in the 'big chill'. 

Senior teams that have brave conversations, demonstrate trust, display integrity and work across silos will create a positive culture for the teams below and the organization as a whole. Be careful - this can be highly contagous ! My experience on the boat that day had me reaching for one of my favourite books on team dynamics to revisit a quote that I fully belive in.

"If you could get all the people in an organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time." Patrick Lencioni

Is your organisation all rowing in the same direction?

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