In the management and leadership of our firms, there really is no such thing as a lone actor. Of course, there is always a CEO type at the top working the public face of the company. But if you consider the senior-level decisions that effect our daily work lives on the inside, almost all of those are made by a leadership team. This team is an oligarchy of people entrusted with mostly operational but some strategic stuff.
One off, these are talented folks (I'm generalizing). In big firms, they've gone through more training and coaching and mentoring than should be legal outside of Colorado. They're perpetually polished and on-point.
So, what happens when they get together? In an ideal world, the whole would be greater than the sum of its parts. Unfortunately, in a contracting market as we have been for the last 2 years, the reality is revealed and its ugly. Too often, the individual wisdom and connection to values is lost or put off for the communications team to sort out during the implementation. The posturing and politicking needed for each individual to maintain their standing on "the team" comes at the cost of prioritizing value for clients and caring for staff.
The fix? One of my most thoughtful colleagues forwarded me an example of a leadership assessment tool today. From the little I could discern in my quick skim, it was (yet another) great tool for evaluating individual strengths and weaknesses. While reading it though, I couldn't help but wonder what comparable tools or processes exist for these elite teams? This seems like a HUGE opportunity for the oceans of professional coaches out there-- work with the individuals and the team. Help them connect in a meaningful way to each other and, in turn, to what matters for business.