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High-Impact Team Development for Peak Performance

In today's fast-paced business environment, executive leadership teams face numerous challenges:

  1. Delivering Critical Goals: Executive teams often struggle to achieve big, strategic objectives due to misalignment or lack of cohesive strategy.
  2. New Team Formation: Ensuring that newly-formed teams quickly establish trust, alignment and effective working relationships is crucial yet challenging.
  3. Project Management: Keeping critical projects on track, on time and within budget can be difficult without proper team dynamics and accountability.
  4. Addressing Dysfunction: Resolving conflicts and dysfunctional behavior within teams is essential to maintaining productivity and morale.
  5. Breaking Down Silos: Promoting collaboration across departments to eliminate silos and improve communication and efficiency.
  6. Developing Leaders: Finding cost-effective ways to nurture and develop high-potential leaders while maintaining day-to-day operations.

At AdvantEdge Leadership, we don’t just offer team development services; we provide solutions designed to overcome these specific challenges and unlock your team’s full potential.

AdvantEdge Leadership Innovative Approach to Team Development

We firmly believe that your organization's success hinges on the synergy, creativity and high performance of your teams. To achieve this, we have meticulously crafted an integrated approach that involves the most-effective evidence-based strategies:

Human-Centered Design Thinking 

At the core of our methodology is human-centered design thinking. We understand, empathize, and cater to the unique needs of your teams. Here’s how we make a difference:

Empathize: Understand the needs, motivations, and pain points of team members to design tailored development initiatives.

Define: Clearly define the challenges and opportunities within your team, setting the stage for targeted interventions.

Ideate: Encourage creative problem-solving, ideation, and innovation within your teams.

Prototype: Test and refine solutions to ensure they align with your team's unique dynamics.

Implement: Roll out customized strategies and initiatives that resonate with your team's specific needs.

Stakeholder Centered team building

Marshal Goldmith Stakeholder-Centered Team Building process helps executive teams close the gap between their current effectiveness and their potential. Here's why it stands out:

Efficiency and Relevance: The process is designed to be efficient, not wasting the valuable time of busy executives. It takes place within the real work environment, ensuring that the changes are directly applicable and relevant to the team's daily activities.

Stakeholder Involvement: All team members and key stakeholders are actively involved in identifying behaviors that need to change, which increases buy-in and ensures that the changes are meaningful to those most affected by the team's performance.

Measurable Improvement: The process emphasizes measurable behavioral change, allowing teams to see tangible progress and adjust their strategies accordingly.

Positive Approach: By focusing on feedforward rather than feedback, the process encourages a forward-looking mindset that is more conducive to growth and development.

Regular Follow-Up: The disciplined approach of regular follow-up with mini-surveys ensures that changes are sustained over time and that the team continues to improve.

Cultural Shift: This process helps to create a culture of continuous improvement, open communication, and shared responsibility for team success.

Proven Results: The process is backed by extensive research and has been shown to lead to significant improvements in team effectiveness and individual behavior change.

 Lencioni's Five Dysfunctions of a Team 

We leverage Patrick Lencioni’s model to address the core dysfunctions hindering team effectiveness:

Building Trust: We help you establish trust as the foundation of your teams, creating an environment where open communication and vulnerability are encouraged.

Fostering Healthy Conflict: Constructive debates and disagreements are actively encouraged within our programs, allowing for the harnessing of diverse perspectives and ideas.

Promoting Commitment: Our initiatives ensure that all team members are aligned with decisions and committed to collective goals and initiatives.

Cultivating Accountability: We emphasize the importance of holding team members accountable for their responsibilities and actions to drive tangible results.

Focus on Results: Your team's shared objectives always take precedence, with an emphasis on collective success over individual achievements.

The Advantage Framework by Lencioni

We leverage the "Advantage" framework framework to create a healthy organizational culture where teamwork thrives

Build a Cohesive Leadership Team: We facilitate the formation of a strong leadership team that is not only aligned in purpose but also functions cohesively. By fostering trust, healthy conflict resolution, commitment, accountability, and a focus on collective results, we help create a leadership core that sets the tone for the entire organization.

Create Clarity: Our approach emphasizes the importance of clarity in organizational goals, strategies, and roles. We work closely with your teams to ensure that everyone understands the organization's direction and their individual contributions to achieving its objectives.

Overcommunicate Clarity: Effective communication is key to sustaining clarity within an organization. We guide your teams in establishing transparent communication channels that keep everyone informed and engaged, minimizing misunderstandings and promoting alignment.

Reinforce Clarity: To maintain a thriving organizational culture, we emphasize the need to consistently reinforce clarity. We help your organization establish mechanisms for reinforcing desired behaviors and values, ensuring that the principles of teamwork and organizational health remain integral.

Harnessing Character Strengths for Team Excellence

The Character Strength approach, integrated into our programs, empowers team members to recognize and leverage their individual strengths to maximize team's throughput

Character Strength Assessment: We assess the character strengths of each team member, recognizing the valuable traits they bring to the team.

Strength Integration: We align individual strengths with collective objectives to nurture a culture of authenticity, resilience, and character-driven leadership.

From Superpowers to Great Teams: We helpt to identify the unique superpowers of each team member and align them with collective goals, empowering teams to achieve greatness.

Our Approach is Different

Custom-Built for Your Success:

At the executive level, no two teams are the same. We design each process from the ground up, tailoring our strategies to your unique culture, goals and challenges. Our bespoke approach ensures a development plan that aligns perfectly with your organizational vision and objectives

Relentlessly Results-Driven:

Our focus is on delivering tangible, measurable results. We don’t just provide coaching—we deliver success by focusing on the specific outcomes you want to achieve.

Practical, No-Nonsense Methods:

Forget about outdated and ineffective team-building exercises like trust falls and ropes courses. We understand that senior executives need practical, impactful solutions. Our approach is designed to catalyze meaningful relationships and drive results without unnecessary theatrics. We build methodologies that foster real connections and substantial improvements in team dynamics and performance.

By partnering with AdvantEdge Leadership, you can expect a tailored, results-focused and pragmatic approach to executive development that is designed to address your unique challenges and drive transformative success.

Ready to embark on this transformative journey? Contact us today and take the first step towards a brighter future with accelerated team performance.

From Conflict to Confluence™ 2-Day Workshop

Transform your leadership team with our powerful 2-day workshop

This program will guide you through a journey of transformation, turning everyday challenges into steppingstones for success and making teamwork more enjoyable and effective.

Day 1: Laying the Foundations for Stronger Connections

Begin by addressing the critical elements that determine a team’s success. Day 1 focuses on cultivating trust and open communication—key pain points for many senior leaders. We’ll begin creating a culture where courage & vulnerability are seen as strengths and diverse perspectives are valued. This session is designed not just to improve interactions, but to transform them, enabling each team member to contribute their best, uninhibited by traditional barriers. The outcome is a team with improved function and a path to excellence, setting a new standard for what effective collaboration looks like in your organization.

Day 2: Amplifying Cohesion and Driving Results

On the second day, we shift our focus to reinforcing team cohesion and optimizing performance—essential for achieving aggressive business goals. Through targeted exercises and tactical goal setting, your team will refine their ability to synchronize efforts effectively. We address common leadership challenges such as misalignment on objectives and inconsistent execution, providing you with the tools to ensure your team can sustain momentum beyond the workshop. You’ll leave with a clear plan for how to maintain alignment with organizational goals, ensuring that your leadership team acts as a powerful engine of performance that drives your company forward.

Upon Completion:

Participants  will be celebrated as Confluence Champions, receiving a Certificate of Completion. This serves as a recognition of their commitment to transforming their team dynamics and an encouragement to continue applying the principles learned to sustain and build on the progress made.

Workshop Benefits:

Improved Collaboration: Build awareness and appreciation for thought diversity and individual strengths to forge a unified, high-functioning leadership team.

Effective Team Meetings: Enhance both team output and organizational efficiency through productive communication.

Enhanced Engagement: Foster a culture that maximizes job satisfaction, reduces turnover, and boosts team commitment.

Sustained Performance and Alignment: Gain insights to keep team performance aligned with long-term organizational goals.

Conflicts Resolved: Learn techniques for turning conflicts into opportunities for growth and innovation.

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is designed for any leadership team eager to overcome collaboration barriers, enhance operational efficiency, and find greater enjoyment in their work.

Reserve your team's spot today and experience transformational growth!

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