January 2016: Make this a Happy New Year for Your Team

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Opening Remarks

Why should leaders care if their employee teams are happy?  In this edition of Transforming Challenges, we emphasize the importance of creating and supporting high-performing teams that enhance the whole organization’s productivity and, yes, happiness.

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The Reid Group News

  • The Diocese of Trenton is fully engaged in Faith in Our Future, the diocesan-wide planning process involving all 107 of its parishes.  The diocese has prepared an excellent informational resource on Faith in Our Future and how it complements the diocesan fund development initiative Faith to Move Mountains.  You can find this resource along with a video message from Bishop David O’Connell on the diocesan web site.
  • The Sisters of St. Anne of Marlborough, MA have invited Maureen Gallagher and John Reid to assist them with the initial implementation of their Strategic Plan which was completed in December 2015.
  • Maureen Gallagher has been hired to work with designated Congregations of Religious Women in Leadership Conference of Women Religious Region IX (Wisconsin) to facilitate and design processes for collaborative planning for the future.
  • Lucien Roy is conducting a search for a Director of Campus Ministry for Alvernia University in Reading, PA.
  • Tom Reid will facilitate the All Ministry Gathering organized by the California Catholic Conference in Burlingame, CA on Feb. 2-4.

So as you look at your individual or organizational future, what are your challenges? Could you benefit from skilled support? Give us a call at 206-432-3565 or send us an e-mail to start transforming those challenges into opportunities.

The Reid Group teleseminar series

Sponsors and other Leaders of Catholic organizations continue to ask: How can we assure fidelity to Catholic identity going forward as the presence of vowed religious men and women decrease? Ministry formation is the best strategy for continuing a Catholic mission and engaging lay colleagues more deeply. If this issue matters to you then join our Teleseminar call, Why Ministry Leadership Formation is Essential.

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 4 PM ET
  • Host for the Call: Tom Reid, interviewing Beth McPherson & Bridget Deegan-Krause, founders and managing partners of Leadership Formation Partners (http://lfpnow.com/)

To register for this Teleseminar, simply click here.   Space is limited, so register today!

If there is a topic you would like to see us explore, send your suggestions to info@thereidgroup.biz.

Feature Focus

Make this a Happy New Year for Your Team

Here’s a New Year’s resolution for you: resolve to make this year actually a happy New Year for the teams that work in your organization.

Why should leaders care about whether or not their employee teams are “happy?” Because much research shows a positive work experience builds performance and thus benefits the organization. However, as Lawrence Miller, on his Management Meditations blog, says: “Most senior executives are more concerned with the structures of senior management than they are with the structure of people at work at the front line. Changing structures at the top does little to impact organization performance. The quality of life, the way people behave toward each other, at the first level is very likely to determine organization performance.”

That quality of life, or social capital as Miller calls it, is an important contributor to employee satisfaction: “Where employees have close bonds to their teams they are most likely to derive satisfaction from their work. It is here where continuous improvement is most critical and becomes embedded in the culture.” Among the characteristics of high-performing teams Miller names are “strong social bonds or trust within the team,” “they communicate openly, honestly and frequently,” and “they celebrate success together and work to improve together.”

And just as many leaders are more concerned with the structure and workings of top management than with employee teams, they are also less interested in dedicating organizational resources to developing teams and increasing quality of life (or happiness)-to the possible detriment of the organization itself.

In addition to the intangible “happiness” benefit of team development, there are also tangible costs to ignoring dysfunctional teams:

  • Excessive employee turnover
  • Increased absenteeism
  • Reduced productivity
  • Quality problems
  • Delayed and missed deadlines

In short, as Lawrence Miller says, everyone wins when we build strong teams at work. And in the process, leaders ensure a happy New Year all around.

Want to get the New Year off to a happy start?  Contact us for a complimentary strategy session on building more productive teams.


The Art of Change: Faith, Vision and Prophetic Planning

Think about what your organization could do if the process of planning met the inevitability of change head-on—and it resulted in significant success.

bookcoverweb2Organizations large and small, religious and secular, for-profit and not-for-profit, successful and unsuccessful, go through change. John Reid and Maureen Gallagher of the Reid Group have been instrumental in helping many groups discover the power of Prophetic Planning. This book presents a complete overview with detailed information that any organization will find useful in understanding how to plan for change.

The Art of Change: Faith, Vision and Prophetic Planning, and its companion CD are now available from Liguori Publications as well as from Amazon.com.

And that’s it for this month. Look for Transforming Challenges next month–and until then, have a good day and a great week.Kathy Johnson, Editor, Transforming Challenges
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