What is the consuming conversation in your leadership team?
When you step back and listen to team discussions, do you sense that the conversation is on customers, creating advantage, and debating new opportunities in the marketplace?
Or, does your team get wrapped up in internal politics and “functional fencing” with other business departments?
When team conversations and discussions become too internally oriented, they are focusing on what I call artificial challenges. Teams that have an outward-bound orientation (customers, new opportunities in the marketplace) focus on natural challenges, outside the business.
Teams that spend too much time on artificial challenges do not perform as well as those that focus on natural challenges.
Teams need to discuss and resolve internal issues; however, high performance teams are conscious of the artificial-natural challenge balance.
If your team is losing energy and power and the atmosphere is not the best, this could be a sign that your team is caught up in too many artificial challenges.
Keep your eyes and your ears on the artificial – natural challenges balance in your leadership team.
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