When teams pay attention to three areas, they fire on all cylinders.
Alignment: We naturally align with a cause which has a positive meaning. Each team member engages with their head and heart in a way which creates momentum.
Simon Sinek talks about knowing your “why”. Why do you do what you do? Is it making a positive difference to the lives of others? Is it so important that you will fight tooth and nail to deliver?
Is your “why” powerful enough to drive positive engagement in the business?
Connection: How well are your people connected – to the wider business perspective, to the task, to each other and to themselves (their own values and motivations). Turf wars drain energy, distract the team from delivering and impact the open flow of communication.
Peter Senge (1990) says that when teams perform poorly, their collective output is well below the average intelligence of their team members. When we are disconnected from each other we may hold back information, be overly aggressive, have too much self-interest, be mis-trusting, play political games and listen poorly. And then performance suffers.
Trust: the foundation of relationships is trust – be that work, sport or family. We rely on trust as the base. In your team think about:
- How well do we keep to our commitments?
- Does the team have a set of valued principles?
- Is there an openness to the dialogue in the team?
- How clear is the intent of each team member?
- Are motivations generally serving the overall team? (or are personal agenda’s playing out too much?
Does your team need attention right now? If they are not firing together in a direction which feels aligned, please contact me and let’s explore together.
Tracy Parker, Director, Equinoxe
The team sessions with Alistair have been brilliant, we are now a much closer team since we have been working with him and we now work as ONE team rather than individuals.
Georgina Harrison, Development Programmes Manager, Leadership & Engagement Team, ASDA
Alistair is extremely knowledgeable, personable and has a great deal to offer any organisation. I would highly recommend him.
Neil Ashworth, CEO, Collect +
Alistair brought a series of tools and shape to our deliberations that shaped not only what we are as a team, but what we represent in the market, and where we will set the business apart. The work is challenging whilst being fun, structured whilst being flexible, we will be regular customers.
Neil Harvey, UK Employee Relations Manager, Tesco Distribution
The feedback we get from those that attend his sessions is truly fantastic and we have seen some remarkable changes in everyone that attends, which importantly not only benefits the individual but percolates through the business.
Jim Whitehead, General Manager, Tesco Distribution
Alistair has a rare skill and ability to entice the delegates to come up with the answer and teach themselves along the way. It was a fantastic two day session which everyone enjoyed and took a lot of new skills and ideas from to make them better leaders.
Ryan Jacobz, Tesco
Alistair has taken me through very simple to remember and simple to implement action plans and breathing exercises. He does away with the ‘mumbo jumbo’ and gets to the CAUSE of the matter. He then helped me to improve on my own behaviour / reactions.
If you think I could help your business, please get in touch for an informal chat: firstname.lastname@example.org