Is your team facing a strategic challenge or key decision? Perhaps you are trying to determine which markets to enter, where to play strategically, or how to grow your business. The stakes are high, yet the team is not operating at its full potential.

The challenge is that you as the leader have a mental model about what it is to lead a team and how to collaborate effectively. The members of your team also have mental models about their role and how to work together. They are rarely in alignment. And when the team is challenged by a new problem or opportunity, everyone will have a different set of assumptions and ways of thinking about it. As a result, team meetings are often unproductive and sometimes combative or even contentious. Some of the team members contribute too much, some not at all.

It is critical as a leader that you establish a team mental model about how to collaborate and communicate effectively so that there is a process in place to objectively tackle the complex issues that may arise. It is only when you have a deep understanding of how the team is collectively viewing the problem or issue at hand, you have the means by which to think strategically, develop innovative solutions and push the boundaries of your team.

The Managing Teams Consulting program is designed to:
  • Assist your team in understanding each other’s existing mental models about their role, the team and the company
  • Guide your team in assessing the efficacy of existing team mental models
  • Provide a framework for shifting unproductive team mental models
  • Support your team in the development of a new team mental model that will guide team processes such as meeting protocols, communications, and internal and external interactions.
  • Train and guide the team in the development of specific communication tools for understanding another’s person’s point of view, advocating for a particular point of view and conflict resolution
  • Work with your team in tacking a particular issue to practice the new operating model
  • Help your team measure the efficacy of the new team mental model and determine whether there are any structural or personal gaps.
  • If needed, work with individual team members to help them shift a personal mental model that may be in conflict with the new team mental model.
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