You have had some amazing successes. In truth, you have made it through some of the most challenging economic times in modern American history. There is much for which to be grateful.
And yet, deep down, you know that your team is capable of so much more. More and better are possible.
Know this: You and your team are not alone. In our experience, your team is in very good company. This is not an issue found in your company alone, this is an American issue.
We are facing a crisis in leadership. America’s businesses, America’s schools, America’s politics and America’s families. All of our most important organizations are suffering from a crisis in leadership.
And by leadership, we don’t mean the person in the corner (or Oval) office. Although it includes them, too.
The crisis in leadership is not the leadership you may be thinking about. The leadership we will explore here is the single most important form of leadership, and can, with the right execution, solve most of our challenges in business, education, politics and families.
It is the Leadership of Self. And it can be cured.
Over the last several years, during work with groups as far ranging as the US Navy SEALS, Bank of America and Mary Kay Cosmetics, several critical factors of success and failure have become evident to our consultants and trainers. Whether it is in a church, a non-profit hospital or some of the top corporations in the world, all the groups we have worked with share two critical and fundamental traits.
1) They are all made up of people
2) They organize those people into teams with other people
So, we can either remove the people from the teams and organizations or we can work diligently at the people-skills necessary for success.
At ReMission Consulting, we support client organizations plot a course of company-wide success and excellence by facilitating growth within the individual and within the team. We use concrete and proven tools to improve the interpersonal and team dynamics within organizations. Skip that and any training, consulting or “change management” is like painting over rusted metal.
The course our team guides your organization through is like a road map to success. This map has two tracks, one is based on the direction and progress of the company, the challenges it faces, the solutions to those challenges and the opportunities it can seize with highly functioning teams and individuals.
The other track is internal, it addresses the issues, habits and belief systems of individuals that create individual and organizational dysfunction.
Change fails to take root and excellence is not maintained when the issues that create dysfunction on both an individual and team level are not addressed. This is why so much money spent on training is ends up being simply wasted.
Track One – The Team
Together, our consultants and facilitators assist you and your team in exploring the challenges and issues your organization faces – and the solutions needed to overcome them. These form the basis of your organization’s North Star Goal. We also aid in defining and refining your team’s Operating Objectives, supporting a healthy, results-oriented management process.
Track Two – The Individual
Simultaneously, we support the individuals in becoming more effective team-members within your organization, often starting with the board of directors and/or senior management level, working then through management teams and into departments. We support them by facilitating powerful experiences in training sessions that expose them to concepts which literally transform team members into responsible, effective players capable of communicating and operating with more integrity than ever before.
The result: less “victim-style” finger pointing and more ownership of individual and team results; the basis of ongoing and sustained excellence.
These concrete and proven processes form their internal Compass that guides them along the journey. These three key concepts are: Awareness, Accountability and Results. The outcome, as we have seen time and time again, can be extraordinary.
This process, which typically takes between three to six months of engagement creates a repeatable, duplicate-able system organizations can use year after year to purposefully foster and manage a corporate culture of accountability and continual, ongoing improvement.
Our next installment will discuss the key steps to make a Challenge Discovery Session useful and not a finger-pointing gripe session.
ReMission Consulting is a management and organizational health consulting firm that specializes in uncovering internal challenges to growth and excellence and creating trainings and management approaches that create results-oriented individuals and teams.
For more information go to www.ReMissionConsulting.com or email us at info@ReMissionConsulting.com.