Accelerate your Team’s Development: Create Meaningful Norms.
My colleagues from the McLelland Center at Hay Group, Richard Hackman at Harvard, and I (then faculty at Dartmouth) spent a couple of years studying 127 senior leadership teams from organizations all over the world. These teams led complex enterprises, from massive oil and gas companies to consumer goods firms, to major banks, government agencies, food services businesses, and many more.
We at 6 Team Conditions often get into conversations with teams and team leaders about the 6 Conditions framework and what it takes to have a great team. There are many different ways to talk about the framework, and about “conditions thinking” as an approach to teams. One that comes up a lot is using a metaphor, such as “what does it take to have a great garden?” or “what do you absolutely have to have in order to sail successfully?” (to pick a couple of pastimes of our colleagues).