One of the most difficult challenges in all teams, but in one in particular, was obtaining real commitment and accountability for outcomes. Members of this team were slick, sliding out the door before they could be counted among the do-ers. The Five Behaviors of an Effective Team ™ put a mirror before this group and enabled them to see how their behavior hurt the entire group and the organization's productivity. I can't say all is well, because bad habits are hard to break, but they at least have a common language with which to use to let each other know when to shape up!
Non-Profit Board Development
The non-profit Board is a unique animal in that it does not function like an intact team and after a year or two, its composition changes. But its work is no less important. It is critical that this group be coaxed into a harmonious working team quickly and then moved into the strategic planning mode. Our solution is called StrategyShift ©. This process defines the process and then through clearly defined exercises, guides the group to plan their Strategic Priorities, Goals, Timelines and Accountabilities for the coming period. We have implemented this successfully in several settings with positive results!