This pyramid summarizes the Thinking Teams view of a successful
organization, effectively moving toward its goals, powered by collaborating
teams of wholehearted individuals. The pyramid builds from foundational elements; its layers show focus areas for
organizational improvement and growth.
Starting from the base:
- Self-Aware, Productive Individuals– a wonderful
alignment happens when an organization enables its members to participate in a way
that connects with their full selves, not just the conscious
tip of the mind's iceberg (
The best teams are made up of individuals who are fully engaged. When a team member is really into it, the team gets full benefit of the person's talent, and the person feels fulfilled by their participation in the team.
Full engagement requires alignment. By alignment I mean that the team members share and buy into the team's objective. I think of team alignment as happening at three levels
- Team leadership holds the vision around which the team aligns
- Team members co-create their roles in realizing the team vision