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On Getting Your Ducks in a Row


ducks in a rowTrying to “line up your ducks” is one of the biggest challenges for any leader or leadership group.

This morning I read the latest report from Deloitte Consulting titled “Business Trends 2014” and one of the sections in that report is titled “The C-suite: Time for version 3.0?”

In reading the findings from the Deloitte research, it became apparent to me that one of the major factors that senior management and Boards need to consider is the ability of their team to work collaboratively and effectively across a range of specialist areas.  The development of team building and development strategies should become an agenda item for every Board of Directors.

As they state in the report:

A key requirement for the next-generation C-suite will…be the ability to secure alignment and coherence across multiple dimensions of essential change, without defaulting to the command-and-control arrangements of a bygone era.

This all has to do with the capacity of the leadership group of any business to be able to work with and across a range of functional specialties and be able to extract the information from those specialties to enable better decision making to be achieved.  Often this can be difficult because the leaders can be subject to assumptions that cloud their thinking or limit their imagination.  This can lead to issues with limiting the imagination or creativity of the team with the result that they deliver less than optimal outcomes.

By investing in personal development and team understanding, the chances of this limiting approach can be lessened.  We have found that utilising tools such as Trimetrix and the Stages of Growth creates massive upside and allows the senior leaders in any business to see well beyond their area of specialisation.  The tools help identify opportunities and allow the establishment of highly collaborative, multi-specialist teams to further investigate and exploit the opportunities that do exist.

Having a leadership team that works effectively and can not only see but work towards delivering “the big picture” will help to keep the organisation dynamic, make a massive difference in staff engagement (they will see true leadership from “the top”) and allow the utilisation of talent that would otherwise be left to stagnate or “vote with their feet”.  The collabroative teams can be drawn from across the business and business units which increases the “team” feeling and allows those people in the organisation with particular skills and talents to be more fully aligned with the whole business.  In effect, it helps to assist develop a culture that encourages innovation, collaboration and creativity.

I encourage you to read the report which can be found here and to have a think about what it means for you and your business.

Once you have had a think, initiate action to start “herding your ducks”.

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