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Is lack of alignment hindering your growth? | Issue #249

Eight warning signs that your business lacks alignment (and how to fix them)

Step away from your business for a moment. Look at it objectively. What are the most significant issues facing you? Is there a need for more accountability? Do your Executive Team tend to work in siloes? Perhaps it’s hard to get them to make decisions independently. They get bogged down in work that never seems to lead them anywhere, and growth is painfully slow.

All of these are symptomatic of a lack of alignment. And yet I bet you didn’t jump to that as a root cause of all your issues. People don’t realise they’re unaligned. They see the symptoms but not the disease. And until you cure misalignment, it’s impossible to improve everything else.

A lack of alignment can lead your business into a growth trap. You end up chasing disparate revenue that isn’t strategically important, adding complexity and stifling innovation. A-Players start to leave because everything is harder than it should be. Productivity and engagement drop like a stone.

So what are the main warning signs to watch out for? And how do you fix them?

E254 | Building And Leading Resilient Teams with Bradley Kirkman and Adam Stoverink

Is a resilient team the result of putting resilient individuals together? Does everyone in the team need to have the same level of resilience? What makes a resilient team resilient? All these questions get answered in the new episode of The Melting Pot this week. 

We’re learning from Dr Adam Stoverink and Bradley Kirkman, co-authors of Unbreakable: Building and Leading Resilient Teams, the book considered by Forbes as the number one team leadership book to read in 2023. Bradley and Adam’s work and research projects revolve around teamwork, leadership and cross-cultural management. 

They have done a lot of research on resilience in teams and individuals, and they have come up with four things that you need to have in place to build resilient teams. One of them is psychological safety, but you might find the other ones surprising. In this episode, they start by explaining what resilience is and why you would want resilient teams in your organisation. For them, it’s about bouncing back when challenged. What if somebody leaves? What if a project they’re working on doesn’t succeed? Which teams dust themselves down and come back stronger? That’s what team resilience is about. So it’s definitely a worthy goal in building a high-performing team. 

Fantastic conversation with Adam and Bradley. Download and listen to learn more.

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Unbreakable: Building and Leading Resilient Teams

An essential guide for managers and leaders on building resilient teams in turbulent times. Today more than ever before, work teams must demonstrate resilience. In the face of volatile, complex, and ambiguous business environments, all teams inevitably suffer setbacks. Bradley L. Kirkman and Adam C. Stoverink provide in their new book the hands-on practical tips for building and leading resilient teams equipped to bounce back from those challenges. They highlight four team resources that are essential to any resilient team, including: team confidence, teamwork roadmaps, capacity to improvise, and psychological safety. These four resources are brought to life through compelling stories of teams that performed well in the face of adversity―and a few that didn’t. They also provide leaders with step-by-step guidance for how to grow these resources in their own teams, whether they’re in-person, remote, or hybrid. This book delivers all the tools necessary to build and lead resilient teams that are virtually unbreakable


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I’ll be there, along with my fellow Scaling Up coaches, Philip Rose and Karol Popa, bringing you our expertise and support to help you scale without stress and drama.

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Quote of the week

“Building a cohesive leadership team is the first critical step that an organization must take if it is to have the best chance at success.”

Patrick Lencioni

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Dominic offers business coaching and management development, strategy planning and organisational change, using tried and tested methods to launch your organisation onto an unparalleled growth trajectory. His programme is a function of his broad experience, his deep expertise and a proven process used by over 2,700 firms worldwide.

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