Team Effectiveness

Teaming & Collaboration

Whether you’re a business owner, manager or staff member, you understand the importance of functioning as a cohesive team. Effective teamwork becomes even more crucial when operating in the global marketplace. However, assessing the effectiveness of a widely dispersed team, which is a commonplace occurrence in a global operation, can pose quite a challenge. We partner with our clients to build strategic teaming engagements and learning opportunities for team members and leaders to fine-tune individual and group performance.

The Impact of Culture on Global Team Effectiveness

Global, virtual teams are on the rise, yet the skills and behaviors required to thrive amidst this new way of working tend to lag behind.

Leaders with functional or project management responsibilities need to define strategies for team alignment to motivate global, remote employees.
Individual contributors require the skills to influence without authority in increasingly complex multicultural & matrix environments.
As mergers and acquisitions play a key role in corporate growth, newly integrated teams must understand the power of culture how it impacts the bottom line.

Innovative Teaming Solutions

Whether you’re charged with the responsibility of leading a virtual team or serve as a team member, we can make the process of assessing team effectiveness easier. We offer virtual team facilitation solutions that place a heavy emphasis on promoting cross-cultural teaming in a global organization.

Our solutions are based on the understanding that effective global teamwork takes work — it requires careful cultivation and the development of an entirely different mindset to maximize team performance on a global scale.

Our Global Team Effectiveness Assessment Process

Specific solutions include the GlobeSmart Teaming Assessment℠, an online tool that measures a team’s current level of effectiveness, while also providing valuable feedback for improving performance. Examples of other training programs include global team alignment, team skills development, team leader coaching & facilitated off-site team meetings.

We have more than 25 years of experience and expertise in facilitating global talent development through training, consulting and online learning. Read on to learn more about how our team effectiveness assessment solutions can improve your organization’s overall performance in the global marketplace.

Ernest Gundling, co-author of Leading Across New Borders, suggests different strategies that can be used to improve global team performance including aligning the priorities of team members.

Read our thoughts & latest news related to Team Effectiveness

Team Effectiveness: Our Point-of-View

Team development programs should serve to enhance in-role learning; initiatives must connect to strategic business goals

High performing global teams need to be cultivated via ongoing touchpoints; they rarely just happen

Managing global & virtual teams requires a different mindset from general co-located teams

Most team development initiatives are biased toward home country preferences; we consider a global perspective

Global & virtual teams often do not follow a linear development process; a holistic approach is necessary

Case Studies

Japanese Pharmaceutical Company

Challenge:

A few years after acquiring its US subsidiary, a Japanese pharmaceutical company made the decision to globalize its R&D functions in order to streamline internal processes and increase revenue. The company asked for Aperian Global’s assistance in providing guidance and expertise to support the successful integration of the US and Japanese research teams.

Solution:

After conducting stakeholder interviews in English and Japanese, Aperian Global leveraged its cultural expertise to develop a comprehensive integration framework to support the successful integration of the two teams and lubricate the change management process in the US and Japan. Aperian Global’s multipronged approach combined strategy consulting and classroom learning:

Results:

As a result of Aperian Global’s presence during the change management process, the company has seen an increased sense of “one team” among its Japanese and US counterparts. The company plans to move forward with the official launch of a new organizational structure leveraging the integrated teams.

Automotive Components Supplier

Challenge:

As part of its reorganization, a global product leader in powertrain solutions decided to merge its historically separate R&D teams, based in the US, Germany and Korea, into one global R&D team. Nearly a decade of separation had resulted in significant differences in process and approach among the geographies, causing conflicts within the newly formed global team. The firm sought Aperian Global’s help in bridging the cultural gaps between the teams and improving their effectiveness as a global team.

Solution:

Aperian Global designed and delivered a three-day session for the global leadership team to pave the way for mutual understanding within the team about each other’s national cultures and preferred working styles. A customized blend of Aperian Global online learning tools, assessments and content was assembled, including:

Results:

After completing the three-day workshop, team leaders were able to walk away with concrete strategies for improving team performance based off of their GTA results and debriefing, as well as a solid understanding of key cultural differences and strategies to work effectively across cultures.

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