Sustainable Growth:

Systemic Innovation

Cross-Functional Teams

Driving Systemic Innovation and Mutual Problem Solving

By: Vadim Kotelnikov

Founder, Ten3 Business e-Coach Inspiration and Innovation unlimited!


"What you need is a fundamental humility the belief that you can learn from anyone."

Clayton Christensen




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Effective Innovation Process

7 Lessons from Silicon Valley Firms

  1. Make cross-functional involvement the path of least resistance... More

Why New Products Fail?

  • Cross-functional teams are weak or insufficiently empowered... More

New Product Development (NPD)

10 Characteristics of the Most Successful Companies

5 Strategies for Creating a Culture for Innovation

The Jazz of Innovation

11 Practice Tips

  1. Build cross-functional expertise to harness the power of diversity and discover synergies. Develop cross-functional individuals. Shuffle portfolios. Establish diverse cross-functional innovation teams... More

Key Tasks Implemented by Cross-functional Teams

Managing Continuous & Organization-wide Change

Systemic Innovation: 7 Areas

Implementing Specific Time-bound Tasks

3 Strategies of Market Leaders

LEADING INNOVATION: Empowering Cross-Functional Teams

Building a Team Culture

10 Action Areas

  1. Empower teams... More

9 Roles of a Team Leader




Cross-functional Team Meetings

Cross-functional Team Defined

Cross-functional team is a group of employees from various functional areas of the organization research, engineering, marketing, finance. human resources, and operations, for example who are all focused on a specific objective and are responsible to work as a team to improve coordination and innovation across divisions and resolve mutual problems.


Why Cross-functional Teams?

To face today's complex challenges, you need to incorporate a wide range of styles, skills, and perspectives. Cross-functional teams are regarded as a means to manage social collaboration and concept creation.

Some examples of cross-functional teams are teams established to:

Customer Success 360

9 Signs of a Losing Organization

  1. Poor Cross-functional Collaboration: functional mindset; lack of cross-functional goals and cross-functional collaboration spirit; functional, not enterprise-wide business process management; no cross-functional management committees; lack of or powerless cross-functional teams... More

Innovation-friendly Organization

Break Down Barriers To Communication

Kaizen Mindset

  • See problem solving as cross-functional systemic and collaborative approach... More

Inspirational Leadership: 10 Roles

  1. Teamwork is essential for competing in today's global arena. Build a star team, not a team of stars. Diversity of thought, perception, background and experience enhance the creativity and innovation. A team should not just be diverse; it has to make the most of it. Involve everyone, facilitate cross-pollination of ideas, build and empower cross-functional teams if you wish to harness the power of diversity. Challenge people from different disciplines and cultures to come up with something better together and achieve creative breakthroughs.... More

INSPIRED TEAM (Ten3 Mini-course, business self-education, slides for training, PowerPoint presentation)

How To Break Down Barriers To Communication

  • Organize cross-functional teams for all sorts of projects. Make them as loose or as formal as you see fit but be sure that there is good mixing and that all of the departments contribute... More


Discovering Synergies

Synergy is the energy or force created by the working together of various parts or processes.

Synergy in business is the benefit derived from combining two or more elements (or businesses) so that the performance of the combination is higher than that of the sum of the individual elements (or businesses).

 Case in Point  GE

As far as Jack Welch, the legendary former CEO of GE, is concerned, middle managers have to be team members and coaches. Welch gives a hypothetical example.3 Assume there is a multifunctional business consisting of engineering, marketing, and manufacturing components. And the business has the best manufacturing person it has ever had someone with excellent numbers, who produces high-quality goods on time:

"But this person won't talk with people in engineering and manufacturing. He won't share ideas with them, and won't behave in a boundaryless way with them. But now we're replacing that person with someone who may not be quite a perfect but who is a good team player and lifts the team's performance. Maybe the predecessor was working at 100% or 120%, but that person didn't talk with team members, didn't swap ideas. As a result, the whole team was operating at 65%. But the new manager is getting 90% or 100% from the whole total. That was a discovery."4

25 Lessons from Jack Welch

 Case in Point  Hewlett-Packard Way

To create an organization that could sustain its competitive advantage regardless of marketplace whims and what their competitors were building, HP founders based their corporate culture on the integration and reinforcement of critical opposites. This became known as the Hewlett-Packard Way. HP has achieved "what appears to be the greatest dichotomy: creating an environment that celebrates individualism, but at the same time one that is also wholly supportive of teamwork. Although HP people are taught to engage in cross-functional teams, they are also rated on the performance of decentralized business units and personal achievement."1... More

3 Strategies of Market Leaders

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 Case in Point  Quantum...

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