Cultivate creative, resilient and caring teams that deliver deep impact
Team effectiveness is often one of the most easily overlooked and under-invested in areas of any purpose-driven organization. There are so many dynamics and drivers behind team behavior, some of which are known yet never discussed, and others that remain hidden.
Our work is to identify and transform those key constraints that block us from becoming the best team members we can.
The highest performing teams I’ve seen have highly-conscious leaders who consistently invite the team to hold a mirror up to themselves and transform into who they want to become.
Since 2006 I’ve worked closely with teams in the US, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific, helping them to systematically become not only higher-performing, but also more fun, trusting and creative with each other.
“I used Barrett as an executive coach for my own leadership as well as a coach for my complete executive team. This was connected to development and implementation of our strategic initiatives and leadership development over a 2-3 year period. The results of both initiatives were excellent. We achieved significant business improvements and 100% of participants gave an excellent review of Barrett’s work.”
— Odd Joergenrud, Former US Division President for Bosch
Intact team development
Team development is a contact sport. By bumping up against each other’s edges, teammates polish each other, helping them to become their very best. I typically work with teams for 1-3 years as part of their regular strategic alignment and execution process.
Through monthly, virtual check-ins and in-person, quarterly meetings we build capacity and address any barriers to accomplishing their highest priority strategic initiatives together. Over time, we also refine and upgrade their team culture, their approach to teamwork, and their deeper purpose of and vision.
I design team development programs around breakthrough projects: High-impact, high-value initiatives that the team can focus on and use as the platform for their transformation.
Nothing builds confidence in a team like hard-won accomplishment in the face of complex challenges that require everyone (including me) to grow.
The breakthrough project methodology I use was developed by my long-time collaborator, Dana Carman. It is field-tested and has consistently supported teams to deliver systemic, strategic change around critical initiatives.
Diagnostics and dashboards
How effective are your teams? How healthy is each team culture? How do you measure and monitor these core indicators?
I guarantee that teams who work with me will improve their performance on their strategic initiatives and overall effectiveness as a team. The growth teams accomplish is quantifiable, not just in business results or mission impact, but in how they engage together.
I use a variety of diagnostics and dashboards to track team development. This includes the health of the team’s culture to metrics around structure, role clarity, psychological safety, and meaning, as well as conflict, accountability, and trust.