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Thoughts from the Field - Issue #18 - January 2014

Organizational Health Drives Decision-Making
By, Jeff Gibson
One of the many benefits of having a healthy organization is that decision-making becomes more focused as leaders are able to use the elements of organizational clarity to guide their discussions and, ultimately, their decisions. An executive team creates organizational clarity by answering the six critical questions (hopefully, you've had a chance to read about them in Pat's latest book, The Advantage):

  1. Why do we exist?
  2. How do we behave?
  3. What do we do?
  4. How will we succeed?
  5. What is most important, right now?
  6. Who must do what?
Once a team has clarified and committed to the answers to those questions, the process of decision-making becomes a straightforward exercise within the context of that clarity. Southwest Airlines is a case in point. When Southwest Airlines' executives decided to acquire AirTran a few years ago, they certainly evaluated how the combination would help them achieve their revenue growth goals while offering quicker entry into new markets.

Thoughts from the Field - Issue #17 - October 2013

How Trustworthy Are You?
By, Pam Bilbrey
Trust on teams is a measure of the quality of the relationships between team members. It is the glue that holds the team together. Trusting teams create an environment where it is safe to admit weaknesses, ask others for help, share ideas and opinions, and offer feedback to colleagues without fear of being judged or rejected. Without trust teams often disintegrate into some predictable dysfunctional behaviors. At The Table Group, we define trust in two ways.

Thoughts from the Field - Issue #16 - July 2013

You Can't Lead from 30,000 Feet
By, Josh Weeks
In making leadership teams more cohesive and organizations healthier, one of the most powerful yet simple things we do as Table Group consultants is help teams improve their meetings. After all, meetings are the playing field of business. To build a strong team and to make great decisions, teams, like athletes, must practice consistently — they must have regular meetings that are focused and compelling. Somewhat surprisingly, we find that for many of our clients the first step is simply to have regular meetings.

Thoughts from the Field - Issue #15 - April 2013

The Impact of "Rock Stars" on Healthy Teams
By, Kristine Kern
A rock star team member. Sounds great, right? Who doesn't want to have at least one of those on their team? Life would be so much easier. We'd meet our goals; hit our numbers; take more vacation time. What exactly do I mean by rock star, though? I'm talking about those team members who consistently perform above and beyond their peers. They may be able to do so based on pure talent, or blood, sweat and tears, or more nefarious methods — but the point is they get things done.

Thoughts from the Field - Issue #14 - February 2013

Organizational Overload
By, Glenn Lyday
Despite what you might think, your employees don't actually enjoy sleeping underneath their cubes at night. Your colleagues, and please don't take offense to this, would probably rather be home watching American Idol with their families than be stuck in the office with you. And, even though your boss is the one that created this deadline, he likely doesn't enjoy torturing you into working through the entire weekend. Likely. And yet, here you all are. In the office.

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