Creating Team Alignment

Creating Team Alignment is a one- to two-day workshop that helps participants discover and share team strengths. The program focuses on strengths and increases team communication and effectiveness through alignment strategies.

Why do we need it?

Business today demands increased results from teams in rapid time. Given the pace that teams come together and disband, it is essential for their members to achieve new levels of team effectiveness in order to stay on top of contemporary business issues such as globalization, innovation, service, quality and competitiveness. Organizations need aligned teams—people who share a common purpose and bring out the strengths of every team member.

Building high-performance teams requires a positive orientation of three key factors: self-leadership, talent focus and alignment.

  • Self-leadership means that team members are capable of independent action. People are proactive and do not wait to be told what to do. They identify emerging opportunities and act on them for the benefit of the team and the organization. They feel an alignment between individual and group goals.
  • Talent focus refers to the team’s ability to know and call on the strengths of each team member. Members welcome the chance to develop their strengths and enhance their contributions as part of the team.
  • Alignment means team members share purpose, vision, values and goals. They have a mutual sense of what the team stands for, what it hopes to accomplish and how to work together effectively to achieve it.

Who is it for?

Creating Team Alignment increases the effectiveness of existing work groups, emerging teams, or task forces at any level in an organization. The process is particularly valuable for start-up or new teams.Creating Team Alignment can benefit teams of any size from entry level to senior executive management.

What is it?

Creating Team Alignment is a one- to two-day workshop that helps participants discover and share team strengths. The program focuses on strengths and increases team communication and effectiveness through alignment strategies. The workshop features a talents inventory, assessments and a unique team-building tool called the Talent Map. Because the process is tailored for each team, the exact format of Creating Team Alignment depends on the specific needs of your own situation. Follow-up coaching helps the team stay focused on achieving its goals.

What are the results?

Creating Team Alignment enables participants to:

  • Focus on leveraging team strengths to achieve higher levels of performance
  • Develop a team purpose and shared vision
  • Identify and commit to team values
  • Declare team goals and create action plans
  • Create a Talent Map to put the team’s discoveries to work

Program Structure

Creating Team Alignment addresses eight attributes vital to team performance. Because this program is tailored to fit each team’s unique needs, organizations have the option of covering all eight attributes in a two-day format or selecting which attributes they would like to include in a one-day format. The eight attributes include:

  • Purpose. Who do we serve? Members identify why they are on the team and how they can best serve the team and its customers.
  • Value delivery. What do we bring to the customer? Teams identify what makes them unique, in terms of customer focus and how they add value while meeting customers’ requirements.
  • Talents. How do we express our strengths? Members identify their own strengths and share them with the team so it can focus on these strengths and leverage effectiveness.
  • Unique contributions. Who does what? Members match what needs to be done with their own strengths and apply their talents to meet the team’s shared goals.
  • Shared vision. What does succeeding look like? Team members work together to develop a desired future, a destination that all team members can enroll in and commit to.
  • Team goals. What are our top priorities? Team members use the outcomes of the team vision to define its top priorities, set goals and develop strategies to achieve them.
  • Values. What do we consistently act on? Team members prioritize individual and team values to better understand what shared values define the team’s fundamental character.
  • Operating principles. How do we work with each other? Team members develop strategies to support their values through a consistent set of attitudes and behaviors.

Program Components

Creating Team Alignment is tailored for each organization. Specific components will vary. In general, though, they include:

  • Creating Team Alignment Workbook—a resource guide for participants during and after the program
  • The Talent Map—a unique team-building practice

Contact us if you would like to bring this or any other program to your organization.