It is not one husky, but rather 12-16 dogs that make the 1,049-mile trek through blizzards with whiteout conditions, subzero temperatures and gale-force winds with wind chills of minus 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Finishing the Iditarod Trail in Alaska’s back country in one piece requires a team of highly trained dogs and a talented musher that can work together effectively. It takes years of training to produce incredible physical endurance, but, most importantly, to create a team that operates in sync. Teams have the capacity to accomplish spectacular feats when they are pulling in the same direction. Regardless of your environmental challenges, the success of a team does not fall on one top-performing leader or “top dog.” All teammates must be functioning at peak performance and rallied around a team purpose.
In our industry, the extent to which teams are operating at peak performance can mean the success or failure of a project or organizational initiative. In the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous nature of the industry and climate today, organizations in the A/E/C industry that have teams operating as peak teams differentiate themselves from their peers. And, unlike training for the Iditarod Trail, teams in our industry do not have years to perfect their performance. Given the dynamic nature of our industry, achieving peak performance must occur at an accelerated pace. One method to drive accelerated development on a team is Cadre Coaching.
Cadre Coaching is a process where all team members are coached individually, at the same time and toward a team purpose. Coaches utilize deep organizational and industry knowledge to provide developmental guidance and support that is strategically aligned with where the team needs to go. Through strong coordination and strategic alignment, coaches help individuals continue to pull in the same direction, ultimately improving team performance.
The Cadre Coaching experience provides each team member with a deep and meaningful development to leverage and hone leadership skills, necessary for becoming a peak team. Since a team is made of a diverse group of individuals, with differing strengths and weaknesses, Cadre Coaches focus special attention working with team members to identify areas of strength to leverage as well as gaps that must be addressed to driver greater team performance.
It is no secret that the success of today’s organizations in part depends on the performance of teams. And yet teams often struggle with working toward a common purpose or maximizing the contributions of each team member. Cadre Coaching is a proven method for accelerating the development of individual team members to achieve peak team performance. Why solely focus development on one individual when the development of several individuals at a time drives broader and more impactful team-level performance?