Team Building

The creation of cross-functional teams is often an important step in achieving organizational goals. Creating high-functioning teams is not always easy, especially when team members come from diverse functional and geographical areas of the organization. People may think they have a similar understanding and experience of the organization, and the purpose and goals of their team, but that’s not always the case.

The PD can facilitate in the development of high performing teams by tapping into the latent perceptions and understanding the team members have of their purpose in coming together, each other, and the organization as a whole.

To help create high performance teams, the PD can:

  • facilitate the process of team members becoming acquainted
  • build deeper understanding and appreciation among team members
  • uncover causes of disruption within a team
  • assess and improve the degree of shared understanding of team purpose

Organization Culture Check-up

Most people implicitly understand that an organization’s culture affects how work gets done, and how people within the organization relate to the organization, their work, and each other. For things to work smoothly, it’s important that people have a shared understanding of the organization and where they’re going.

Do different departments have a shared understanding of the purpose and direction of the organization?

Are management and employees on the same page in terms of how they see the organization and their perceptions of its potential?

Do managers see employees as employees see themselves? And vice versa?

How strongly tied to the organization and its mission are your employees?

The PD can be used to assess the “health” of an organization in terms of:

  • degree of shared vision
  • commitment
  • hopefulness/optimism regarding the organization’s future
  • values alignment
  • executive<->employee alignment