CT2: Leadership Approach Review the following article and answer the following questions: 1). summaraize the article? 2). What approach of leaership is used and why? 3). What are your own opinion of the article and leadership approach? How to get a roomful of leaders to get things done Remember GoCrossOffice? The online office game was designed to boost collaboration among virtual teams through friendly competition. In the corporate equivalent of Risk, a company’s offices would be divided into territories, and teams would work together to conquer a rival territory. It was a great way to build teams in just a few minutes a day, without an expensive company retreat. The game quickly grew from a small start-up to a craze with more than 100,000 users and 100 participating organizations. There’s no telling how many of us would have been addicted to playing this game on our phones today instead of Candy Crush or Angry Birds… if only the five founders had been able to work together. Instead, the company folded in 2010, a few years after its rapid rise to popularity. In the words of the company’s own founders, one of the biggest problems was that it had too many leaders and not enough consensus. If you’ve ever worked on a multi-functional project team that in-volved people from different departments or divisions, you can relate. The problem of too many “chiefs” and not enough action isn’t just a struggle for startups. In fact, it’s often worse at large companies where multiple departments, divisions or regions with different priorities and goals need to work together to produce results. Why Influencing Is Crucial Within Cross-Functional Teams Traditionally, the so-called “matrix” structure involves representatives from a number of functions, departments, regions or divisions reporting to a project manager as well as their direct supervisor. More recently, with improvements in technology and increased globalization, it has evolved to resemble less of a grid and more of a fluid network, with fewer formal ties between matrix team members. In theory, this structure is supposed to make it easier to share ideas and resources and respond to customer needs and opportunities in the marketplace, and in many ways, it has. The matrix model has worked well for some of the world’s most successful companies, including General Electric, IBM, Dow Chemical and Shell Oil. But with all their advantages, cross-functional teams can also create more channels for approval, more conflicting priorities and more confusion. The findings of OnPoint’s Execution Gap survey illustrate just how common these challenges are, even among Fortune 500 companies. For example, of the more than 620 managers we surveyed: • Only 47% agreed that within their team, decisions and actions were well coordinated across departments/functions. • Only 49% agreed that decisions and actions were well coor-dinated across levels of management • 40% did not believe people cooperate across functions and departments to achieve their organization’s strategic objectives. • 44% did not believe people in different divisions readily share information, ideas, and best practices Leaders often tell us the ambiguity surrounding roles, responsibilities and authority within these complicated organizational structures is one of the most significant challenges they face in achieving results today. They also struggle to balance conflicting priorities that tend to arise when the team lacks shared goals. Some team members come to the group with “tunnel vision,” so focused on their own area’s objectives that they fail to see the big picture. To be effective within a cross-functional team, two things are needed: The right structure, and the right skills. In this guide, we’ll cover both: How to set the foundation for success within a cross-functional team, and how to develop the skills that are critical to influencing others in order to change their behavior, opinion, attitude or accept your point of view in a way that meets their needs without coercion or a feeling of being directed. Setting the Foundation for Success What can you do to encourage and sustain cooperation within a cross-functional team? Here are three pillars that should form the foundation for every team. 1. Establish Shared Goals Members of cross-functional teams often have their own set of priorities, which are often at odds with other team members or the overall team’s objectives. For example, this often happens between sales and marketing, who are being measured by a different set of metrics. Before you begin work on a multi-functional team project, take time to clarify the primary objectives, how will the team be measured and how achieving those objectives will benefit everyone. If it’s possible, determine how success can be tied to share incentives. 2. Clarify Roles and Decision Authority One of the primary challenges of working in cross-functional teams is the lack of clear responsibilities and decision authority. Take time to share job descriptions and communicate primary responsibilities within the team. Most importantly, clarify who will have decision authority for each major task the team will need to accomplish, who needs to be involved in approvals and who will move the process forward. 3. Build Strong Relationships Based on Trust Collaboration is easier and more effective when you’ve developed strong personal relationships and trust among team members. Make the effort to get to know everyone on your team on a personal level, even if you’re working together remotely. Make time for quick, casual conversations that aren’t work related. Building trust requires more than casual conversations and icebreakers, however. You need to demonstrate credibility by openly sharing information and by talking about relevant past experiences and what you’ve learned from them. While these cooperation builders provide a foundation, they won’t eliminate disagreements about what, when, and how to do things. Team members must still gain the support of others for their ideas and proposals. Influencing Tactics: How to Win People Over OnPoint has worked with dozens of companies across a range of industries and surveyed hundreds of others. Our experience and re-search has shown that for individuals that work on cross-functional teams, the ability to influence others is often a key driver of effectiveness and a differentiator of success. Because these are usually teams of peers and colleagues, team members have to gain the cooperation of people over whom they have no direct authority. Our research has identified four influence techniques that are most effective for gaining the commitment of others (i.e., successfully changing the other person’s behavior as well as their opinion and attitude) reasoning, consulting, inspiring, and collaborating. Reasoning What It Is: Using logic and factual evidence to show a request is feasible and important. This is the most commonly used tactic and tends to be one of the most effective. How It Sounds: “We need to have the new software program completed by Friday so we’ll have a full month to test it, run a quality audit and make adjustments before we roll it out to our customers.” Best Used When: You have established credibility within the group and others trust your judgment Consulting What It Is: Asking another person to suggest improvements or help plan a proposed activity for which you need the person’s support. Consultation is the second most common tactic. Managers who use this tactic often were more likely to be rated very effective, according to our research. How It Sounds: “Based on your experience with similar projects, could you give me your assessment of where we stand on this and how we can move this process along to reach our target deadline?” Best Used When: When others have information and experience you do not and when you are willing and able to act on the ideas and suggestions of others. Collaborating What It Is: Offering to provide relevant resources or assistance to make it less difficult for the other person to carry out a request or approve a change. How It Sounds: “It sounds like you’ll need some extra support if this is going to get done by Friday. Would it help if I brought in an extra developer from my team to assist? Is there anything else I can do to help you meet this deadline?” Best Used When: Your request is perceived to be too difficult given the other person’s priorities and the resources they have available. Inspiring What It Is: Encouraging others to accomplish a shared goal by appealing to their values, belief and emotions. Although this tactic is less common among the general population of managers it is more frequently used by women. Our research also found the higher a leader’s position, the more likely he or she is to use inspirational appeals. We also found that managers rated as effective tend to use this tactic more frequently. How It Sounds: “When the Indianapolis Colts were down by 28 in the second half of the playoffs game against the Kansas City Chiefs last year, they managed to score five touchdowns and make the biggest comeback in NFL history. Our competitor may be ahead in the market now, but the sooner we release this new software, the sooner we can start making our own comeback. Who’s with me?” Best Used When: You know what values and beliefs are important to individuals or the team and you are seen as a trusted advisor. Improving your ability to influence others starts with recognizing your strengths and limitations as an influencer, as well as developing the ability to analyze a situation to determine which techniques would be most effective. Leaders who have mastered the skill of influencing are more likely to be perceived as being highly effective by their direct reports, peers and supervisors. Those leaders are also more likely to be able to build strong networks across their organization and gain the support of others for their ideas and initiatives, improving organizational efficiency and effectiveness over the long-term.

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