Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How to Roll Out a Team Culture in 3 Years (Yes, It Should Take That Long)

An organizational change as massive as moving towards a high performance, self-directed team structure should take nothing less than 2 to 3 years to implement fully. The complexity of completing the workload, shifting accountability and power and building collaborative competencies needed at every level of the organization, as well as the general acceptance of the change, will take an average of 2 years to take root depending on whether it's a brownfield (organization with a prior culture) or greenfield (new organization with no established culture). While some great advancement will occur in the first year, an entire culture shift will take much longer. 

Many organizations look for a road map when it comes to implementing teams. While the approach may vary from organization to organization based on the current culture and experience with teams to the desired culture and use of teams, some basic elements are required for all. When we can think of the road map in three phases it helps leaders see the progression that must occur for teaming to take place. It's also important to remember that when membership and/or direction of the team changes, the team goes back, even temporarily, to the "start-up" phase again.
"Start Up" Phase (6-8 months):

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