Is your company run by a team with no name?
At the top of every organization chart lies a myth—that a Senior Management Team makes a company's critical decisions. The reality is that critical decisions are typically made by the boss and a small group of confidants—a "team with no name"—outside of formal processes. Meanwhile, other members of the management team wonder why they weren't in the room or even consulted ahead of time. The dysfunction that results from this gap between myth and reality has led to years of unproductive team building exercises. The problems, Frisch shows, are ones of process and structure, not psychology.
Who's In the Room is based on interviews with CEOs at organizations ranging from MasterCard to Ticketmaster to The Red Cross.
Understand and embrace the way decision-making actually happens in their organizations
Use these "teams with no names" to best advantage
Engage the Senior Management Team in the three critical tasks for which it is ideally suited
Organizations will get better decisions and superior results by unleashing the full potential of their Senior Management Teams. And bosses will see a dramatic drop-off in people coming into their offices asking, "Why wasn't I in the room?"
Table of Contents
- Cover Page
- Title Page
PART ONE: From Problem to Portfolio
- CHAPTER 1: Most Companies Are Run by Teams with No Names
- CHAPTER 2: Team Building Won't Solve the Problem
- CHAPTER 3: Don't Blame the Boss
CHAPTER 4: Four Fundamental Conflicts at the Heart of Senior Management Teams
- Mission Control Versus Knights of the Round Table: Functional Specialists or Reflections of the CEO?
- The Team Versus the Legislature: The Representative from Finance, the Senator from Operations
- The House Versus the Senate: Are Some More Equal Than Others?
- The Majority Versus the Majority: The Impossibility of Deciding
- Maybe the Problem Is That There Is No Problem
- CHAPTER 5: Case Study
- CHAPTER 6: Best Practices
PART TWO: The Senior Management Team Unbound
- CHAPTER 7: Engage the Senior Management Team in Three Critical Conversations No Other Team Can Have
- CHAPTER 8: Align the Senior Management Team Around a Common View of the World
- CHAPTER 9: Prioritize and Integrate Initiatives to Hit the Strategic Bull's-Eye
- CHAPTER 10: Move from “ Should We Do This?” to “ How Do We Do This?”
- CHAPTER 11: Tailor Your Portfolio of Teams for Top Performance Now
- The Author
- Title: Who's in the Room?: How Great Leaders Structure and Manage the Teams Around Them
- Release date: January 2012
- Publisher(s): Jossey-Bass
- ISBN: 9781118067871