Partnering and Teambuilding
Projects that employ facilitated partnering are safer, make more money, experience less decay in schedule, and have fewer claims. We assist our clients through the stages of the partnering process, whether between joint venture partners, client-contractor, contractor-engineer, or other partnering configurations. We ensure that alliances are structured correctly from the outset with a clear, shared vision and a solid understanding of mutual dependencies, goals, and economics. The partners make firm commitments to each other, agreeing on both processes and behaviors. Quarterly anonymous surveys ensure candid follow up and identify when corrective actions are necessary.
Depending on the size of the project and the complexities of the partner relationships, a multi-tiered, quarterly facilitated partnering strategy is usually deployed. Common goals are agreed to, conflicting goals are aligned and then supported, issues are anticipated and tracked, and resolution strategies are collaboratively designed and implemented. Key to this process is the up-front development of a no-nonsense partnering charter, agreement on shared metrics, ongoing evaluation, and regular, candid, communication.
Beneath the surface in most organizations lie toxins that destroy productivity, choke communication, starve innovation, and drive clients and partners away. These toxins are in-fighting, turf wars, lack of accountability, fear of collaboration, and absence of trust. For twenty years, we have refined the processes and tools to help cross and multi-functional internal teams fix these dysfunctions. Confidential surveys and interviews bring the issues to the surface, and facilitated team sessions create breakthrough strategies and commitments. These teambuilding sessions are frank, hard-edged, meat-and-potatoes affairs, and they work. Our goal is project and profit success. We leave the soft stuff to others.
Senior Leadership Team (SLT)
For 20 years, Paradyne’s managing partners have helped CEOs, Regional VPs, and other senior leaders increase the effectiveness of their Senior Leadership Teams. Typically, executive meetings are boring affairs where reports are made, no one says what they really think, and the CEO’s ideas are what everyone agrees to.
Enter Paradyne. We help vital Senior Leadership Teams understand and agree on the five reasons they exist – to share information and knowledge, consult on challenges, coordinate activity, make decisions, hold each other accountable, advise the leader, and make a profit for their organization. And we help them build the trust, candor, and accountability to do this well. We help the leader recognize whether he/she has the right people on the SLT, and if not, get them there. In monthly SLT meetings, we mentor the leader and team as they execute their unique, challenging, and consequential purpose.
Organizational Network Analysis (ONA)
Have you ever wished that you could see how work was actually getting done and by whom? Who’s really connecting with the client or partner, and who’s just showing up? Who is the unsung hero, the knowledge broker, and the disengaged outlier? Research shows a direct correlation between effective communication and profit. Our proprietary tool makes visible the hidden flows of information, knowledge transfer, decision-making, collaboration, and influence as they move unseen across a management or project team. Why is ONA important? So the team and its leaders can do something about what they learn – dramatically improving collaboration and along with it – the team’s results.
Strategic and Operational Business Planning
Strategic planning takes a holistic look at a company’s vision and aspirations, while testing and refining corporate objectives. Done well, it provides a self-correcting road map with quarterly milestones to achieve new levels of performance and improve the bottom line. It helps companies decide where to focus, where to compete and how to allocate resources. But most importantly, it gets the management team committed and accountable to the same goals and strategies.
Strategic planning serves as a starting point for related work such as operational planning, product strategy, talent needs analysis, and M&A. Our approach is top-down & bottom-up, incorporating input from departments and disciplines, flowing corporate initiatives back down, and creating top-to-bottom accountability throughout.