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Why is a Functional Executive Team Important?

Executive Coaching in Perth

One important “takeaway” that most people obtain from our executive coaching or leadership development courses in our Perth campus is the importance of teamwork. If your executive team doesn’t function like an executive team, it won’t perform well enough to give your company the “edge” it needs to succeed in a competitive era such as the current one.

If your executive team displays unity of purpose and combines it with a consistent message and action, your company is probably one of the top five in its field. For those who aren’t that effective yet, we recommend immediate leadership training or executive coaching. In the meantime, here are five actions that any Perth business can take immediately.

Your Message Must be Consistent

Do your employees receive mixed messages? Can they simply ask different superiors the same question until they hear the answer they want? Every executive must convey the same message and project unity to subordinates. Anything less is a recipe for failure.

Tear Down the Walls

We don’t mean that in a literal sense but executives should be sure to attend the meetings of other business units. In many businesses, there is not nearly enough conversation across departments, which can leave thousands or even millions of dollars on the table. Communication between all departments is essential for an effective business.

Co-Sponsor New Initiatives

When executives from two or more different business units or departments co-sponsor initiatives, the results can be eye-opening. Teamwork between executives encourages a lot of cross-department communication between employees that wouldn’t otherwise happen.

Never Belittle Fellow Executives

While it is a good policy in general and across all positions not to make negative statements to others about colleagues, it is crucial that executives never talk badly about each other to anyone. Every negative comment by an executive to a subordinate about another executive weakens all governing positions.

Mutual Support

An executive team that recognises and supports every member becomes a force for achievement in any organisation. Ideally, there is transparency and cooperation between all members of an executive team.

The Integral Leadership Program

Our Integral Leadership Program, based on Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory, can help your executive team achieve optimum performance. Call (08) 9242 8122 for more information.

Ron Cacioppe

Ron Cacioppe is the Managing Director of Integral Development and holds a BSc, an MBA and a PhD. He has taught in the Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia.

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