A German-based tech company of 50+ staff had a huge task to deliver on a very ambitious timeline. They had pulled together some of the best talent in tech and in senior leadership to create a new high-value B2C SaaS product that would contribute to the corporate sustainability agenda.
The team was incredibly diverse in terms of expertise and background, with a mix of people from larger corporations as well as others with extensive startup experience, across a broad range of geographies (primarily China and Western-Europe) and personalities. The team lacked speed, unity, a sense of urgency, and a shared vision; people were nice to each other but couldn’t or wouldn’t have the difficult conversations that are so critical to success.
Our challenge was to create the conditions for the “high-trust, high-accountability and high-performing team” that the CEO had requested.