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Accelerating Team Effectiveness

It’s inescapable. Your organization’s results depend on people working together effectively. But, all too often, under conditions of uncertainty, teams get stuck. Instead of flowing smoothly, work gets bogged down, things take way too much time, and people don’t connect. Even worse, nobody is talking honestly about what the real issues are.

Rita's Accelerating Team Effectiveness process can help.

Most team effectiveness programs focus on the level of satisfaction of team members. However, research has shown that there is not a strong correlation between satisfaction and team performance. During this 2-hour presentation, Rita will focus on the five important elements that have great impact on the effectiveness of team performance.

1.       Roles - The right skills and capabilities

2.       Trust - Confidence and trust in one another

3.       Information - Fluid and dynamic information flows

4.       Commitment - Mutual commitment to the team’s goals

5.       Challenge - Comfort in raising difficult issues

You'll learn how to create energized teams that are committed and feel part of something superbly worthwhile. You’ll leave with practical, immediately actionable steps to take to reduce frictions and accelerate progress.

After the workshop, you will have the opportunity to have your team complete a brief, 20 question diagnostic. Upon completion, you’ll receive a custom-tailored report


3150 Brunswick Pike
Suite 300
Lawrenceville, NJ  08648



Columbia Business School Executive Education and Columbia Entrepreneurship hosted an evening with Steve Blank in conversation with Professor Rita McGrath and Brian Murray, President and CEO, HarperCollins Publishers this past January in New York City.

The Next Wave of Corporate Innovation:
What Comes After Innovation Theater?

Corporate entrepreneurship is a very hot topic these days.  Despite all the talk, however, actual innovation performance comes nowhere near to delivering on its promise.  We are perhaps five years into the latest flurry of excitement about the prospects for innovation-fueled growth.  Companies have traveled to Silicon Valley in droves, sponsored innovation boot camps, trained innovation ninjas, and otherwise promised their stakeholders that innovation is front and center on their agendas.  
And yet.
Evidence suggests much of this activity is just ‘Innovation Theater’.  Indeed, how many corporations focus their cultures around an innovation playbook, and train all staff in innovation practices?  
In a recent McKinsey study, fully 94% of executives surveyed reported that they were unhappy with their organization’s ability to innovate.  Similar research shows that corporations are spending a lot more of their profits on things like share buybacks and dividends than they are on innovation.
What’s next for corporate innovation?