Focus Magazine - Summer 2015 - (Page 23)

FEATURESTORY Leading Cross-Functional Teams I By Tom Kukla E ffectively leading teams - especially cross-functional teams - is not for the faint of heart. Like any worthwhile endeavor, leading a new team requires planning, preparation and intentional behaviors on the part of the leader. To have an effective team, you need two fundamental building blocks: Vision and leadership. Vision Great vision precedes great accomplishments. Have you ever been a part of a team that doesn't seem to get anything done? If so, you were most likely on a team that lacked vision. Vision works like a ship's rudder - it determines the direction of the team. Without a rudder, ships are directionless. Without a vision, teams are directionless. In today's medical and pharmaceutical world, teams need to reach their destination by the shortest route possible. Legendary coach Pat Riley once said, "Teamwork requires that everyone's efforts flow in a single direction. Feelings of significance happen when a team's energy takes on a life of its own." A well-craed vision energizes the team. Team members feel empowered to fulfill the vision. One definition of vision is about how you see the world aer you accomplish your mission. Vision statements contain inspiring, powerful and compelling words about the future. ey are also simple, clear, and concise. In short, team members need to feel like they are doing something FOCUS | SUMMER 2015 | important; that they are moving in a specific direction and not simply checking off tasks. So, once you have developed the vision for your new team, how do you get team members to buy-in? According to leadership expert John C. Maxwell, you have to transfer the vision both emotionally and logically. Emotionally Transferring Your Vision Requires: * Credibility. Team members buy into the leader before the vision. * Passion. Team members need to feel your excitement. * Relationships. Do you know them? Do they know you? * Timing. A right decision at the wrong time is still a wrong decision. * Significance. Vision has to be bigger than we are. Logically Transferring Your Vision Requires: * Realistic understanding of the situation today. * Engaged team members. * Sound strategy. * Acceptance of responsibility by the leader. * Celebration of each victory. * Evaluation of each defeat. Leadership and R.E.A.L. Success With the vision now in place, the real work of leadership and leading your team begins. You have been given a leadership title but you must develop leadership skills. Leaders aren't born and leadership skills are not developed overnight. Your journey to becoming a leader begins with the understanding that leadership is influence - nothing more and nothing less. How you will become an effective R.E.A.L. leader of cross-functional teams requires mastering four key elements of R.E.A.L. success: 23

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Focus Magazine - Summer 2015

Focus Magazine
From the President: Learning Delivery: What's Your Blend?
Table of Contents
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Guest Editor: Surviving and Thriving in a Volatile Industry
Directions: Let the Networking Commence!
Front of the Room: Dig Deeper
Neuroscience: Memory Garden
Sales Trainer Onboarding: A Fresh Approach at Bristol-Myers Squibb
Leading Cross-Functional Teams
Change Your Paradigm, Transform Your Network
What's the BIG Idea? 3 Tips to Open Doors
Is There a Kink in Your Leadership IV?
Identity Hubs: Secure, Productive Collaboration
How Much Will the Next 5 Minutes Matter?
Virtual How: How Companies are Centralizing Training Functions
Ad Index
Focus Contacts
5 Questions with Peter Bregman

Focus Magazine - Summer 2015