Mark Cruth

Interpersonal Alchemy and the Magic Behind High-performing Teams

Alchemy is that seemingly magical process of transforming something worthless into something priceless. One piece of magic many of us seek to understand is how to turn that “OK” group of people into a kick-a$$, high-performing team. We believe there must be some sort of magic at play with these teams; but it’s no magic, rather it has everything to do with how these teams connect and collaborate. During this session, we'll review several high-performing teams and extract those elements that help them rise above the rest. Along the way, I'll share with you five experiments you can run right away to initiate that chemical reaction of high performance on your team. So join me in my laboratory and unleash your inner alchemist!

Session objectives include...

  • Review the team characteristics of several organizations known for their high performance in order to gain a deeper understanding of what makes them so effective
  • Learn about and practice several different techniques during the session to help foster high performance, including improv, visioning, and environmental changes, to demonstrate the impact of small changes on performance
  • Leave the session with a list of experiments that each participant can run to improve the performance of their team without changing their team

About the Speaker:

Focused on practice over theory, Mark is a pragmatic modern work designer and coach. With over a decade of experience experimenting with teamwork practices at places like Boeing, Nordstrom, TD Ameritrade, and Rocket Mortgage, Mark's mission is to inject modern ways of working, a transformation mindset, and the power of expert storytelling into everything he does.

Today Mark works for Atlassian, a company focused on unleashing the potential of every team! Mark spends his days coaching both Atlassian and customer teams on new ways of working, then sharing what he's learned at events around the world!

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