River Insights

How the Most Successful Sports Team of All Time Uses Shared Leadership

Are the All Blacks the most successful sports team in the history of sports? How is this possible in a country with a population of less than 5 million (a little more than that of Los Angeles)?

From River Currents


Advice from 75 CEOs on Aligning Leadership

As a new CEO, within the first six months on the job, you are likely to get a deep appreciation of the extent to which leadership is a team sport.

From River Currents


Build It and They Will Lead

The Executive Team Series: Number Two of Three

In organizations large and small, private and public, commercial and nonprofit, the top executive team sets the tone and has the power to add (or destroy) more value than any other team in the company.

A River viewpoint


The Executive Team Series: Number One of Three

There are many causes to the dysfunction of executive teams, including poor team member relationships, succession dynamics, lack of meeting discipline, etc. But there’s another, more sinister, silent killer of top team effectiveness.

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Other sources

To Make a Team More Effective, Find Their Commonalities
by David DeSteno
December 12, 2016

Great Leadership Teams Say These Six Things About Each Other
by Evan Roth
November 8, 2016

Why Diverse Teams Are Smarter
by David Rock and Heidi Grant Halvorson
November 4, 2016

HR Can’t Change Company Culture by Itself
by Rebecca Newton
November 2, 2016

How Boards Can Assess the Health of Their Companies
by Chris Zook
November 2, 2016

The Ugly Truth About Team-Building
by Liz Ryan
September 22, 2016

Executive Team Development

Often underused. Frequently unproductive. The executive team is the most closely watched of all.

It has the potential to provide inspirational leadership. Yet often it yields the lowest “per capita” value to the organization. It just doesn’t work well.

Yet an aligned executive team can be a powerful resource.

Alignment does not happen by chance.

The River Strength Meter: Executive Teams

High Drama Passive Aggression Herding Cats Fit for Purpose Poised for Greatness Championship Caliber

Leadership Alignment: What It Is And How To Do It Well

Senior leaders in an organization don’t have to agree on everything.

But they must be aligned. They must be able to stand behind all collective decisions in public. Misgivings about the strategy or about the competence of colleagues can be shared with the CEO, but should not be aired in public; and certainly not informally with subordinates.

An aligned leadership group is more likely to be a high performing leadership group. How do you know if it is not aligned and how to fix that?

Staff know when leaders are not aligned.

The River Strength Meter: Leadership Alignment

No Alignment Many Gaps A Few Gaps Still Some Gaps Mostly Aligned Maximum Alignment