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Supercharge executive leadership teamwork, and drive better results throughout the entire organization.

  • Beyond “big dogs” and “clashing titans”–get superstars to work together.
  • Define, implement, and measure effective leadership teamwork.
  • Run executive team meetings that lead to action and results.
  • Strengthen critical connections between leadership and the rest of the organization.
  • Bring greater agility to executive teams and enterprises they lead.

Description

  • Copyright 2011
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-707156-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-707156-2

How do you go about improving leadership team performance, strengthening the connections between leaders, and strengthening the leadership team’s connections with the rest of the enterprise?  This book tells you how.  Leadership teams, working together, create the culture and set the tone for the entire organization. When leadership teams fail to connect with employees, their organizations fail. Expensive leadership meetings often accomplish nothing, and clashing leadership styles can disrupt the entire business. What do these issues have in common? Simply this: The way leaders work together is crucial, and enormous organization-wide performance improvements can be achieved when they work together more effectively. Readers will first learn how to define what leadership team excellence looks like, and clarify the organizational impact you want your leadership team to have. Next, they’ll learn how to systematically optimize the 5% of time your leaders spend working together–in person, electronically, and through subordinates. This book will help readers magnify their impact, whether they’re already at the top of the organization, or aspiring to a future leadership role.

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Table of Contents

Foreword  ix

Acknowledgments  xi

Introduction A Pack of Top Dogs  1

Who This Book Is For  3

Who We Are  3

How the Book Is Organized  4

Time Is Precious  4

Endnotes  5

Chapter 1 Executive Team Execution  7

Definitions of Success  11

Measures of Success  14

Section 1: Business Results  20

Financial Performance  20

Customer Retention and Satisfaction  21

Strategic Implementation  22

Section 2: Daily Team Effectiveness  23

Decision-making Success  24

Relationship Building  25

The Team’s Reputation Within the Organization  27

Section 3: Talent Development  29

Bench Strength and Succession Planning  30

Management Team Capacity  32

Leadership Team Growth  33

Section 4: The Workplace  34

Organizational Culture  34

Employee Engagement and Retention  35

Organizational Agility  37

Which Indicators Should You Measure? 38

Endnotes  39

Chapter 2 The Clash of Titans: Executive Teaming  41

What Is Executive Teaming? 41

Dysfunction Reverberates  42

Holding Yourself to a High Standard  43

Two Executive Teaming Skills  44

Ensure Differences Don’t Lead to Clashes  46

Practice Partnership at All Times  51

The Traits of Leadership Team Partnership  53

Shared Purpose  53

Shared Ownership  53

Mutual Trust  54

Critical Thinking  54

Shared Success and Failure  55

Effective Inclusion and Communication  55

Partnership Techniques  56

Don’t Try to Control Peers  56

Spend Time Together  56

Resolve Relationship Problems  56

Represent Each Other Well  57

Never Bad Mouth  57

Own Problems and Challenges  58

Be Humble  58

Know Their Needs  59

Working on Your Teaming Skills  60

Endnotes  61

Chapter 3 Meetings Are Money  63

The Cost of Meetings Index  64

Value of Meetings Hurdle  65

Why Are You Meeting?  78

Endnotes  81

Chapter 4 Culture Is the Context and Often the Answer  83

What Is an Organization’s Cultu

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