Aligning Team and Organization

When are people most productive? When you’re getting them to do what you want, or when you’re getting them to do what they want?

In the organizational world we talk a lot about leadership for “employee engagement,” but what are we really talking about? In this course you will learn how engagement is, above all, about attitude. In leading a team, you have to become skillful at working with people’s attitude.

The trouble is, attitude is personal, and we usually think business is not. We try any number of impersonal leadership models, strategies and incentives, and most of the time they don’t work. That’s because to be an effective team leader you have to get personal. It’s not about psychologizing or leading emotional encounter groups. It’s about being skillful enough to align what your organization wants with what your people want, so they eagerly give their best performance.

This highly experiential course will give you the skills you need to engage people at the deeper level of their personal attitude. You will learn to apply the 7 slogans of effective team leadership, and the 3 questions that tell you to how to align organizational needs with the personal needs of your people. You will also learn personal leadership practices that help you bring your own most clear and productive attitude to your leadership challenges, no matter what crisis of the moment presents.

PRE-SEMINAR PREPARATION: Prior to the course you will receive a memo and some readings from your instructor. We ask that you read the material and come prepared to discuss it.


(In-class 9 am – 4:30 pm)

  • June 5 - 6, 2023 (In-class)



Facilitator: Crane Wood Stookey
Location: In-class

Program Content

Leader-Dependence is Not Good for Performance

  • Discover how traditional leadership can inhibit your team’s performance
  • Learn to promote employee initiative without losing control
  • Understand the “Leadership Dance,” when to step forward and when to step back
  • Practice “Leaderproof Leadership,” so it’s not all on you

Keep It Real – Let the Work Do the Engaging

  • Learn to avoid the pitfalls of engagement strategies
  • Find out what works best in your own particular leadership situation
  • Understand and use the 3 questions that align organizational needs with personal needs
  • Learn to create “Conversation Roadmaps” to guide you in correcting employee performance

The Use and Abuse of Command

  • Discover how to be in command of the situation without being too commanding
  • Practice “command and trust,” not “command and control”
  • Learn the rules of the “Sage Commander,” from Sun Tzu’s Art of War
  • Practice the skill of “Less-is-More Leadership”

It is not about me – It is all about me

  • Discover the power of the “generous leadership” style
  • Learn to act on the 7 Slogans of effective team leadership
  • Practice the “inexhaustible leadership” that comes from building trust
  • Create a personalized self-training program to strengthen your leadership muscles
  • Discover the “attitude resilience” that helps you lead effectively even in a crisis

What You Will Learn

  • How to improve team performance, consistently, without a lot of fuss
  • How to balance leading the details and leading the big picture
  • How to align personal and organizational needs for your team
  • How to build trust by building a trustworthy team
  • How to be in control without being controlling
  • How to be more personally resilient in the face of leadership challenges

Who Should Attend?

You will benefit from this seminar if you:

  • are responsible for managing people as well as managing information and process
  • are charged with improving your team’s performance
  • are faced with new and greater challenges in your team leadership
  • are responsible for implementing change in your organization
  • are responsible for increasing engagement among team members and other stakeholders