By Alison Maxwell
Strange how the same issue hits you from different directions. I was talking this week with leaders from two very different organisations â€“ one a large corporate and the other a small IT company. Both were bemoaning the â€˜us and themâ€™ syndrome going on in their organisation… sales hating operations, marketing hating supply chain etc. You know the sort of thing Iâ€™m on about, and youâ€™ll know how much energy this can consume.
What was interesting was how both these leaders saw this as an issue of personality clash rather than of organisational alignment. â€œIâ€™ve tried for 10 years to build a relationship with those guys but Iâ€™ve just come to the conclusion they are oddâ€ said one.
Iâ€™ve learnt that one of the simplest and most effective things I can do to help teams function is to get the â€˜us and themâ€™ into a room and get them to walk in each otherâ€™s shoes â€“ at least for a while. People just seem to get a whole new appreciation for each other and remind themselves that the real enemy is outside not in. Â I heartily recommend it.
So.. who is â€˜usâ€™ and who is â€˜themâ€™ in your organisation. How could you find out what itâ€™s like in their world?
Thanks to Jock McNeish & Tony Richardson â€˜The choice: a pictorial guide to creating productive workplacesâ€™.Tags: creating productive workplaces, Organisational alignment, Team development, teams
This post was written by Lee Morris