Conflict is good. It leads to better decisions by providing a forum for your leadership team to be open and free with their opinions.
Strategic Discipline Blog
We’ve discussed meetings many times in this blog since they are a foundational element of Strategic Discipline and provide a cadence of accountability for your executive team. You should cascade these meetings throughout your organization as well to increase accountability. Did you know that if your business is conducting boring, routine meetings without team members providing their opinions, feedback, that failing to encourage conflict is putting your business in a position of severe risk?
Is the mood in your company for meetings one of anticipation or aversion?
A prospect this past week reacted to the suggestion of meetings by indicating they have to be careful in their organization to mention the word meeting. His people dislike meetings and generally greet them with annoyance and impatience. It suggests that the meetings they’ve conducted in the past are possibly disorganized, not well prepared, unexciting, lack conflict and do little to energize those participating. It’s also a reflection of what I believe many businesses suffer from. They feel meetings are boring, and a necessary evil.
Allow me to reflect on my current condition and place this in perspective. I’m currently suffering from a condition called dry mouth. It’s a symptom of Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD)which can occur after bone marrow transplant for leukemia patients.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a filter on your hiring and recruiting process that could tell you whether your candidates fit your business?
This morning during our monthly meeting one of my client’s debated their Core Values. A year ago they completed them and after reading Patrick Lencioni’s book The Advantage, the owner determined that it would make sense to revisit them based on the definitions of Core Values that Patrick Lencioni had defined in this book.
A critical component of the One Page Strategic Plan is determining Your Core Purpose. In Patrick Lencioni’s recent book The Advantage he pronounces clarity as being critical to business growth. To achieve this he asks six questions about your company. The first one, "Why do we exist?" is possibly the most challenging and difficult for a business to agree upon without a leadership team’s dedication, effort and the ability to resolve conflict. And it simply won’t be achieved without the CEO making the commitment first.
Recently I’ve had a lot to be thankful for (See Faith, Quantum Physics, and Stockdale Paradox and Lack of Discipline: Workaholism – Good News/Bad News). I confess that there have been more than I few moments when I’ve broken down in tears sitting with my family or my wife simply because it feels so good to be home, to be with them and to know that the cancer that had been constantly challenging me is in remission.
Should leaders hold their people accountable privately during one-on-one sessions or Group meetings? Although every case is a little different, generally Patrick Lencioni and Positioning Systems experience leads us to support that on cohesive teams, accountability is best handled with the entire team.
In Get Greater Accountability, Individual Meetings or Team Meetings? I failed to outline some of the more positive outcomes that come from group meetings and individual meetings. Let’s look also at private and public accountability and why the latter works so much better in group meetings.
In Your Blindside – The Value of Collective Intelligence we discussed the importance of your leadership’s team ability to feel vulnerable in order to develop trust.