How do you build a strategic team?

In the environment in which we work— with time pressures, multiple and often competing organizational demands, and diversity of perspectives—it is essential to foster effective teamwork and collaboration within teams of all types—intact, cross-functional, management, and operational teams—or across geographies in support of team goals and strategic initiatives.

We call this strategic teaming. The Strategic Teaming process focuses on tapping into the unique perspectives that individuals and teams offer in order to identify and address strategic challenges and opportunities facing the organization and driving long-term value for the business. As a result, strategic teams and individuals enhance performance and increase strategic collaboration and alignment across many different aspects of the business:

  • Business Units
  • Corporate Functions (Sales, IT, Marketing, Operations)
  • Departments
  • Project Teams
  • Supply- or Value-Chain Partners
  • Customers and Key Business Allies

About Strategic Teaming

Strategic Teaming serves as an opportunity to bring together the diverse perspectives of individuals or teams (either intact or cross-functional) to foster greater collaboration on initiatives and achieve alignment on strategies and plans that the team or teams will need to execute together.

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Objectives and Outcomes

Because every organization’s needs are unique, CMOE works closely with the organization and/or teams to identify key objectives and outcomes as a result of the strategic-teaming process. Some common objectives and outcomes include the following:

  1. Open up dialogue around critical strategic opportunities in the business and discuss how to seize and execute on those strategic opportunities.
  2. Gain alignment on a shared strategy process so it can be communicated across the organization and cascaded throughout each function that needs to support it.
  3. Help cross-functional teams or functional areas of the business jointly identify strategic priorities that will capture competitive advantage for the organization.
  4. Make and drive important strategic decisions, define commitments, and develop action plans.
  5. Create a disciplined structure for action around the strategies that each business function or team develops in relation to their shared goals.
  6. Assist strategic teams with implementation of skills, behaviors, tools, and practices that will ensure that the strategy’s execution is consistent.
  7. Seek alignment and define methods for sharing information appropriately, eliminating competing goals, and building successful strategic teams.
  8. Identify waste, inefficiencies, and tactical distractions so each function can operate on an effective strategic track.
  9. Establish strategic measures of effectiveness to ensure successful execution and accountability for the strategies that are created and implemented.

Our Approach

The Strategic Teaming experience is a facilitated workshop process led by CMOE using strategic team tools and concepts that help employees take a collaborative and strategic approach to addressing key business needs and issues. This process is built around a series of sequential phases:

  • Phase I focuses on the need and business case for strategic teaming. For example, why strategic teaming is important and the purpose of a strategic team. It provides participants with a baseline understanding of strategic teaming including the strategic effort, key strategy concepts, core principles, and related skills.
  • Phase II is designed to help the strategy team collaborate on creating, building, or modifying strategies and plans to create greater alignment on strategic efforts and their execution.
  • Phase III is for creating execution, sustainability, and accountability mechanisms that will drive strategic results and increase team-member engagement, effective teamwork, and ownership of the strategy.

This three-phased approach enables teams to shift from simply being operationally effective to being strategically focused, successful teams.

“The person who figures out how to harness the collective genius of his or her organization is going to blow the competition away.”

~ Walter Wriston

“Strategy is a pattern in a stream of decisions.”

~ Henry Mintzberg

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~ Henry Hartman

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Delivery Options

In order to meet the specific needs of each client we partner with and make the most of the learning and development investment, CMOE offers programs in the following formats and lengths:

Instructor-led training (delivered onsite by a CMOE subject matter expert/facilitator)

Digital learning program (self-paced or live)

Blended and layered solution (combining instructor-led training and digital learning)

Train the trainer services (certifying internal trainers in CMOE’s world-class programs)

Curriculum integration (deliver the topic in conjunction with another topic or event or build it into a development curriculum)

4-16 hours (8 hours preferred) for instructor-led variable for digital learning

Contact a CMOE Client Services Specialist to discuss a targeted solution that is right for your organization.

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