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Can You Predict Your Team’s Success?

Conventional tools used by managers and leaders to enhance their team performance tend to fall in two key categories: enhancing individual contribution or addressing a specific failure or pressing issue facing the team, such as project management or lack of innovation.

However, teams are not just the sum of the individuals on the team, nor do they operate in functional vacuums where they distinctly only fail on one specific objective, while excelling in all other team goals. The specific issues facing teams tend to be just the most visible symptoms, which have bubbled up to impact performance, yet several underlying interconnected issues often remain unnoticed and unaddressed, leading to unsustainable and often unpredictable team performance.

Teams are not just the sum of the individuals on the team, nor do they operate in functional vacuums where they distinctly only fail on one specific objective, while excelling in all other team goals.

Why is Team Performance so hard to predict?

Teams are made up of people who come together to achieve a common goal, and in the process, create an identity and personality that is very distinct from the personalities of the actual members of the team. It is through this team cohesion that interdependent team activities are conducted, and team objectives met.

Unfortunately, the tools widely used to lead a team to success do not address this team identity, depriving the managers of the ability to correct underlying foundational issues for the team to achieve sustainable successful team results.

 

 

So, what creates this Team Identity and Team Personality?

When any two people interact with each other, they instantly have a chemistry between them, which brings out different qualities in each other. This chemistry defines the partnership dynamic and is the main driver behind how the individuals behave when together.

Teams of people, similarly have a chemistry that is formed as soon as a group is put together to work towards achieving a common goal. This chemistry drives the team performance and when done correctly, ensures that the appropriate skills and personalities of the members are utilized in the most efficient and effective manner. In fact, looking across a successful team in all fields, positive team chemistry is a consistent theme that defines and drives performance

Team interactions can also have a negative impact on the team performance — if the chemistry is somehow not quite correct, a talented, extroverted employee may become more reserved and guarded while an introverted team member may burn out due to the team’s heavy reliance on social events to adequately engage with the employees.

How then do Leaders assess and manage this Team Chemistry?

OrgAnalytix has developed a revolutionary tool to help managers look behind the curtain and see how their team(s) really work together, while also predicting how teams will behave and respond to any changes in an organizational structure.

The OrgAnalytix tool works with executives and/or HR managers to collect and digitize specific relationship data across the team members. The data collection process takes 5 minutes per employee and can be customized to collect data related to the specific challenges faced by the business.

Once the interaction and relationship data is collected, it goes through the Analytix tool, which applies two unique layers of algorithms to enrich and analyze data collected from the team. The Analytix tool displays the relationship data in a variety of different views, including maps of employee networks based on important business scenarios as well as in contrast with Org Chart models.

Leaders use these visualizations as well as network and organizational metrics to understand leading and lagging indicators of team performance, assess Team Chemistry and how it drives team behaviors.

OrgAnalytix overlays the organizational reporting hierarchy onto the relationship data so managers can dig deeper into their specific team and sub-team chemistry, optimize the “Spans of Control” of their managers and ensure any clogged communication lines are addressed.

Using OrgAnalytix Analyses to Measure and Utilize Team Chemistry

The Analytix tool provides a clear snapshot of the existing team, interactions between team members across important business scenarios, and illustrates vulnerabilities to address, as well as strengths to exploit.

This unique visibility into the underlying dynamic forces driving team performance allows leaders to effectively optimize their team skills, create efficient decision support structures and policies to build sustainable and successful teams.

Please contact info@organalytix.com for more info, or visit www.organalytix.com


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THE INNER WORKINGS OF YOUR TEAM:

How to Make Precise Decisions to Enhance Productivity & Innovation

Most managers spend majority of their time and energy focused on their teams and employees, and their decisions, both big and small, have a strong impact on their team’s performance and the level of an employee’s engagement within the team. These decisions are supported by conventional tools, such as performance reviews and employee engagement surveys, but mostly rely on the manager’s gut and instinct and their ability to understand the true underpinnings of their team.

A manager leading a small team with well-entrenched employees and low attrition has a high chance of understanding the inner-workings of their team. However, managers in today’s market, with large and increasingly mobile, global workforce, who do not rely on physical proximity to develop strong relationships, are finding it harder to fully grasp the complex informal structures and undercurrents that drive employee behavior and team performance.

The lack of transparency leads managers to make decisions around their teams, such as hiring, promotions, or reorgs, that have highly disruptive and unexpected ripple effects, which then create a downward spiraling loop where managers address ripple effect issues through an iterative process of reorgs, hiring, or firings. This then results in an organization in a state of constant flux, and often worsens the team performance symptoms that were initially meant to be corrected.

Such iterative and ‘whack-a-mole’ processes around org decisions are wasteful of valuable time and most importantly distract the leader from focusing on strategic decisions on customers, products, or innovation. OrgAnalytix, a next generation Team Management tool, has developed an easy and fast way for managers to see the inner-workings of their teams, so that they can make precise decisions to enhance team productivity, innovation, and employee engagement, with minimal disruption and risk to team operations.

HOW DOES ORGANALYTIX WORK?

OrgAnalytix conducts Team Chemistry analysis which, for the first time, incorporates both Employee information on skills, experience, and personalities, with data on relationships and interactions that employees have with each other. OrgAnalytix algorithms convert this data into an Org Inner-Workings Map which can then be used in the following 3 ways:

  1. Conduct risk assessments on teams, impending projects and changes, such as reorgs or M&A integrations, to understand sustainability of the changes as well as potential vulnerabilities and threats to successful implementation.
  2. Provide actionable roadmaps for key organizational objectives, such as growth planning or re-structuring the management team hierarchies to better utilize employee skills and talent.
  3. Filter and Convert data from existing tools, such as engagement surveys or workplace cultural assessments, into specific root cause and actions.

The Team Chemistry analysis also provide potent assessments at an employee level to allow employees to proactively manage their careers through uncovering their hidden informal roles within the team and their level of influence on team members. This transparency can then be harnessed into more targeted training and performance reviews, as well as result in appropriate changes to formal roles and decision rights.

NEXT STEPS

Find out more about how OrgAnalytix can help you make targeted and precise org-related decisions by visiting www.organalytix.com or emailing us at info@organalytix.com

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How Teams Operate when Management Isn’t Looking

Sustainable success is beyond skills, experience, leadership and company culture

We’ve all seen it. A great collection of skill sets, strong resume experiences, qualified leadership, nice team building and culture initiatives……yet the team struggles to work together. Managers spend too much time “managing” and far too little time “leading” and facilitating innovation. On the contrary, a group of less talented and unqualified people operating in windowless, basement or garage office space can change the world.

Left to their own devices, teams self-organize, employees take on ad hoc roles (some good, some obstructive) and the team direction can trend toward a set of individual agendas. Strong team chemistry starts with employee relationships, not policies or programs. We all know from our own experience that engineering relationships is unsustainable. However, understanding employee relationships and the way a team is naturally evolving is key in taking decisive actions that will create long term success for the employees, as well as the whole organization.

Strong team chemistry is unpredictable and largely an accident when it happens. Many tools exist for managing candidate resumes, individual performance, personality profiles, leadership assessments, employee engagement, and company culture. These provide great data, but offer few insights into creating strong chemistry among a group of disparate personalities, diverse backgrounds, and varying viewpoints. Rather, we’re provided with lots of information that is isolated and not actionable in affecting the real inner workings of the team. This data could be far more effective if we had visibility into how the team operates beyond the org chart and when management isn’t looking. Targeting where strengths and challenges reside within the organization provides a hidden competitive advantage and enables a multiplier for existing organizational initiatives.

OrgAnalytix provides a platform for easily collecting important interactions between employees by simply asking them 6 easy questions (5 min). No ratings, no rankings, and no need for politically correct (or condemning) answers that bias the findings. Sophisticated algorithms provide customized insights into how the team interacts on important business dimensions, as defined by the executive team. Results also include org chart impacts, individual alignments with key management objectives, key team influencers and employee attrition risks.

Find out more about how OrgAnalytix can help you make targeted and precise org-related decisions by visiting www.organalytix.com or emailing us at info@organalytix.com

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The #1 Reason Why Good Managers Make Bad Team Decisions: Incomplete Information on their teams

OrgAnalytix Platform

Information on employees and teams is GOLD — This is proven by the vast industry of Human Resource Information Systems — there are a plethora of tools in the market to help managers get more information on their employees, from tools that compile a list of personalities within the team, or anonymous surveys which provide a report card on employee engagement.

However, there are no tools in the market that provide any transparency into the relationships and the undercurrents driving the team performance.

Without this information, even the most intelligent and experienced manager of teams is operating with incomplete informationon their team members. Managers try to compensate for this lack of information through experience and honing their instincts and managerial intuition to guide their decisions. However, without full and complete information on their teams, these instincts are subject to information bias and increase the chances of flawed decision making.

Not only does this opacity in information lead managers into wrong decisions, like ineffective reorgs, unsuitable promotions or erroneous hires, but it also increases the disruptiveness of these decisions leading to greater operational risk. In addition, since managers do not have information to effectively anticipate all the ripple effects from their decisions, managers are forced to make iterative changes, leading to further corrective actions with their own disruptions and ripple effects.

Larger the team, larger the information gap — hence, greater the potential for organizational flux, further increasing risk and cost of managerial decisions. Most importantly, this information gap distracts managers and leaders with tactical iterative decisions, instead of allowing leaders the chance to focus on strategic decisions on customers, product innovation, or productivity realization.

SO HOW CAN MANAGERS BRIDGE THIS GAP?

The latest team management research has focused on team chemistry between employees and spawned new technologies on relationships and team behavior. OrgAnalytix, the pioneer Team Chemistry Analysis company, has developed a new technology solution that provides managers an easy-to-use tool to view and map the actual inner workings of the team. This transparency and insight help managers make precise decisions on organizational changes with minimal disruption and risk to operations.

OrgAnalytix innovative solution conducts Team Chemistry Analysis on teams larger than 50 employees, by incorporating both Employee information (on skills, experience, and personalities) with data on relationships and interactions that employees have with each other. OrgAnalytix algorithms convert this data into an Org Inner-Workings Map which can then be used in the following 3 ways:

  1. Conduct risk assessments on teams, impending projects and changes, such as reorgs or M&A integrations, to understand the sustainability of the changes as well as potential vulnerabilities and threats to successful implementation.
  2. Provide actionable roadmaps for key organizational objectives, such as growth planning or re-structuring the management team hierarchies to better utilize employee skills and talent.
  3. Filter and Interpret results from existing tools, such as engagement surveys or workplace cultural assessments, into specific root cause and actions.

The Team Chemistry analysis also provides potent assessments at an employee level to allow employees to proactively manage their careers by uncovering their hidden informal roles within the team and their level of influence on team members. This transparency can then be harnessed into more targeted training and performance reviews, as well as result in appropriate changes to formal roles and decision rights.

NEXT STEPS

Find out more about how OrgAnalytix can help you bridge this information gap by visiting www.organalytix.com or emailing us at info@organalytix.com