Lead your teams

The problem

As a leader you allocate 60-80% of your work-time leading decision-making meetings, either with direct reports, cross-functional teams or external parties. Still, companies find the majority of their meetings under-productive, dissatisfying and inconclusive, without understanding the exact reasons why. There are two causes for this:

1. Measuring the effectiveness of a decision-making meeting is laborious. It can not be objectively or systematically assessed in order to identify blind spots and introduce improvements. It is not feasible for the leader to chair the meeting, contribute and at the same time observe, analyse and store all this data. There are expert coaches who are typically assigned this role, but again the burdens are the human brain capacity, the lack of patterns and trends through time and the lack of consistency due to the human nature.

2. There are a lot of metrics available that measure how productively a team has worked together. These metrics observe whether a team has met its deadlines, the budget, and/or the degree to which they have achieved other team goals. All these however are lag indicators of performance, becoming evident too late.

 How Winning Minds helps leaders:

Using Winning Minds a leader:

  • Gains visibility through the use of lead indicators on team productivity, team dynamics and team member behaviours

  • Captures organizational, tacit knowledge on what works and what prevents the team from achieving their meeting goals

  • Gets actionable data on specific interaction habits and team communication routines, which has an immediate impact on meeting effectiveness

  • Provides evidence-based developmental feedback to the team and each team member

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What insights do you get?

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Shared Understanding: What the team members think? What is the degree of alignment among the members with regards to the understanding of the team goals? What are the team problems and risks?

Team Motivation and Culture of Growth: How do team members feel about being part of the team? Do team members feel safe to be themselves? What is the degree of team cohesion?

Team Coordination: What are team members doing to meet the meeting goals? What is the level of awareness on how well they perform as a team? How do they coordinate and collaborate?

This high-level dashboard is generated by the integration of initial findings and an analysis of a second level, analytical observation. Observations are in regards to the team’s demonstrated behaviours during the meeting such as risk attitude, problem solving attitude, mental agility, assertiveness etc.  

I know that I am not satisfied from the outcome of our team meetings, when we work together to make decisions and plan actions, but I can’t say what are the exact reasons that cause this problem
Country GM, Pharmaceutical Company