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Four Dynamics of a Highly Effective Team: eBook

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Jan 25, 2022 6:47:00 AM

Four Dynamics of Highly Effective Teams

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Every team, just like every individual, is different. Teams have nuances, personalities, dimensions, shadows, bright spots, histories, pasts, and futures. Teams come in all shapes and sizes. There are four important dynamics that impact a team’s ability to thrive. Building an effective team can be elusive, but when these four dynamics are present, your organization can soar to new heights and achieve amazing things together.

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Topics: process consulting, capital campaigns, donor clarity, Design Group International, Fundraising, donor relationships, leading organizational change, donor development, advancement, listening, helping, future, learning, organizational consulting, past, present, relationships

Aligned on When and How to Get There

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Nov 30, 2021 7:15:00 AM

Four Dynamics of Highly Effective Teams

Dynamic #4: Aligned on when and how we get there

In large part because of the challenges that COVID-19 has brought to the workplace, teams have become more important than ever in determining the success of organizations. 

Over the past four months we have been taking a deep dive into four dynamics evident in highly effective teams and help them thrive. These dynamics are:  

  • Centered around a unifying purpose
  • Connected through relationship
  • Agreed & Accountable on desired outcomes
  • Aligned on when & how to get there

We conclude this series by taking a good look at Dynamic #4 – Aligned on when and how to get there as a team.

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Topics: process consulting, capital campaigns, donor clarity, Design Group International, Fundraising, donor relationships, leading organizational change, donor development, advancement, listening, helping, future, learning, organizational consulting, past, present, relationships

Accountable on Desired Outcomes

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Oct 26, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Four Dynamics of Highly Effective Teams

Dynamic #3: Accountable on Desired Outcomes

During the past nineteen months and in large part because of the challenges that COVID-19 has brought to the workplace, teams have become more important than ever in determining the success of organizations. 

Every team, just like every individual, is different. No two teams are exactly alike, including yours. In coaching and working with teams, I’ve noticed four dynamics that are evident in every thriving team. In this series of blogs, we are unpacking these four dynamics – today it’s Dynamic #3: Accountable on desired outcomes.

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Topics: process consulting, capital campaigns, donor clarity, Design Group International, Fundraising, donor relationships, leading organizational change, donor development, advancement, listening, helping, future, learning, organizational consulting, past, present, relationships

The People-Centered School: How COVID Helped Us Find Our Focus

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Oct 12, 2021 8:15:00 AM

The People-Centered School: How COVID Helped Us Find Our Focus

This article originally appeared in the October 2021 issue of Christian Educators Journal.

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Topics: process consulting, capital campaigns, donor clarity, Design Group International, Fundraising, Christian Schools, donor relationships, leading organizational change, donor development, advancement, Organizational development, listening, helping, future, learning, organizational consulting, past, present, relationships

Connected through relationship

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Sep 28, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Four Dynamics of Highly Effective Teams

Dynamic #2: Connected through relationship

During the past eighteen months and in large part because of the challenges that COVID-19 has brought to the workplace, teams have become more important than ever in determining the success of organizations.

Every team, just like every individual, is different. Yet, there are four dynamics evident in every thriving team. In this series of blogs, we are unpacking these dynamics – today it’s Dynamic #2: Connected Through Relationships.

 

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Topics: process consulting, capital campaigns, donor clarity, Design Group International, Fundraising, donor relationships, leading organizational change, donor development, advancement, listening, helping, future, learning, organizational consulting, past, present, relationships

Centered Around a Unifying Purpose

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Aug 24, 2021 7:29:41 AM

Four Dynamics of Highly Effective Teams

Dynamic #1: Centered around a unifying purpose

During the past seventeen months and in large part because of the challenges that COVID-19 has brought to the workplace, teams have become more important than ever in determining the success of organizations. Being a part of a highly effective team has a huge impact on the success of your company as well as on your individual progress as a leader. 

Every work team, just like every individual, is different. Yet, there are four important dynamics to understand that can impact your team’s ability to thrive. In this next series of blogs, we will be taking a deep dive into these four dynamics. Building an effective team can be elusive, your attention to these dynamics can help set your team apart. Highly effective teams are:

  • Centered around a unifying purpose
  • Connected through relationship
  • Agreed & Accountable on desired outcomes
  • Aligned on when & how to get there

 

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Topics: process consulting, capital campaigns, donor clarity, Design Group International, Fundraising, donor relationships, leading organizational change, donor development, advancement, listening, helping, future, learning, organizational consulting, past, present, relationships

Elevating Your Weakest Point

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Jun 21, 2021 2:06:02 PM

In golf they often say, the best players elevate their weakest point.

For some it is making sure they drive the ball in the right spot on the fairway, for others it’s getting the ball up and down from around the green, for others it’s hitting the back of the cup consistently from three feet out. 

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Topics: process consulting, capital campaigns, donor clarity, Design Group International, Fundraising, a cause greater, donor relationships, leading organizational change, donor development, listening, helping, learning, organizational consulting, relationships, Enneagram

Your New Wine and New Wineskin

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on May 25, 2021 6:45:00 AM

If memory serves, every blog that I've ever written comes from experiences with clients. The stories that you read are from their journey, a hero's journey really, shared with you as I walk with them along their way.

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Topics: process consulting, capital campaigns, donor clarity, Design Group International, Fundraising, a cause greater, donor relationships, leading organizational change, donor development, listening, helping, learning, organizational consulting, relationships, Enneagram

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Apr 20, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Building an authentic relationship, whether it is with a donor, potential investor, partner, professional colleague, or friend, takes time.

When building deep, authentic relationships, it can help to think in three time-related dimensions…yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

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Topics: process consulting, capital campaigns, donor clarity, Design Group International, Fundraising, donor relationships, leading organizational change, donor development, advancement, listening, helping, future, learning, organizational consulting, past, present, relationships

How do we learn as an organization?

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Mar 18, 2021 8:00:00 AM


Listening. Helping. Learning.


Engaging these three behaviors is at the heart of being a vibrant and transformational organization. Over the past two months, we have been taking a deep dive into a story of how one client organization, a nationally recognized nature center, embraced these behaviors to transform itself and how its surrounding community helped guide the way.

To recap our story thus far, it all started with an executive director who created space for his organization to listen. Listen to staff, to board members, and most importantly, to the broader community. The power of posing a question, especially from a posture of humble inquiry, as articulated by Edgar Schein, places the other person at the center of the conversation.

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Topics: process consulting, Design Group International, leading organizational change, listening, helping, learning, organizational consulting, customer value

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