Executive Team Building

Written by Michael Federico
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Executive team building can often be more difficult than team building on the lower levels of a business. Executive team building often requires dealing with egos and trying to convince people that if they give certain things up for the good of the team, it will be better for all in the long run. On a practical note, executive team building can often be much more difficult to schedule. As a result, an original agenda is often chopped in half in order to satisfy the time constraints of those involved. Diminished programs are rarely as effective as their fully-fledged counterparts.

Those at the top often have a skewed view of how effective their methods are. Engaging in something as simple as a DISC Profile assessment can greatly increase an executive's understanding of her personality and management style. Rating the importance and truth of such statements as, "I size up people," "I place priority on deadlines and promises," and "I refuse to compromise my beliefs," along with many others, leads to an in-depth behavioral profile that allows an executive to realize what her strengths, weaknesses, fears, and goals may be.

Off-Site Executive Team Building

Sometimes the best way to get everyone involved in executive team building is to get the group away from the office. Many people who get involved in off-site training sessions are shocked by the attitude change they see in executives when they are out of the work environment. Stress levels decrease, and they are more willing to engage in activities to which they would normally not commit.

Tension at the top can adversely affect everyone in the company. This tension is even reflected in stock prices and quarterly outlooks. Executive team building can be very effective in opening the lines of communication among those in charge, and can ultimately help the company as a whole function more efficiently.

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