Turn Your Teams Inside Out

Externally focused teams can drive innovation, performance, and distributed leadership — but adopting them requires a shift in mindset.

It’s been over 20 years since we first identified a new kind of work group emerging at innovative organizations. Entrepreneurial, externally focused “x-teams” have proved to boost organizations’ agility and speed of execution in the face of rapid change and uncertainty, and have been used successfully in product development, sales, manufacturing, and senior leadership.

However, while x-teams are particularly relevant to today’s challenging business environment, they are still found at only a relatively small number of companies ...

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