BECAUZ Accelerators

A Comprehensive Approach to Change

The BECAUZ Accelerator program utilizes proprietary Processes, Tools and Systems to install transformational change in Leaders, Teams and Organization. This process accelerates change because of our proven processes, dynamic facilitation and an integrated, systemic approach.

How do we maximize our impact as a World Class IT Organization and embrace the challenges presented by global economic and IT events and trends?

Walter PuschnerVP - Worldwide Field ITMicrosoft

How can we create a leadership team to transform our firm?

Mike PongonCOOPoint B

How can we most effectively communicate our Real Estate Repositioning offering to add value for our clients?

Tony StewartVice PresidentMcKinstry

How do we maximize our impact as a World Class IT Organization and embrace the challenges presented by global economic and IT events and trends?

Walter PuschnerVP - Worldwide Field ITMicrosoft

BECAUZ tailors the programs they offer us to closely align to our business needs. Each and every interaction has its own dynamic, and they are able to adjust what they do, live in the moment, to maximize results and value. That kind of adaptability and dynamism is a core skill you don’t often find.

Walter PuschnerVice President, User ExperienceMicrosoft

BECAUZ are savvy social architects who create environments that lead to extraordinary learning and results. With your help, our 80-person extended leadership team has moved from a “command and control” focus to an “inspire and involve” culture, with alignment and ownership embedded into the leadership ecosystem.

Jacky WrightVPMicrosoft SESIT

With BECAUZ we have consistently generated breakthrough results and have been able to align our teams around transformational strategy. We have built an adaptive organization that flourishes in the midst of uncertainty and innovates to create solutions that were unimaginable just a few years ago.

B.J. MooreVice PreidentMicrosoft - Enterprise Commerce IT

How can we engage our entire organization and partners as leaders to realize our vision?

Senior Director of a field readiness group

How do we get our engineering leads and their teams to perform at even higher levels as we grow and scale our business?

Brett HelselSr. VP EngineeringIsilon Systems, Inc.

What would be possible across teams if we collaborated?

Andrew ClaphamSenior DirectorDesign & Construction

How can we drive team performance, build client relationships and generate a better bottom line?

Erika SchmidtPresident & COOFrause

How can we build a global innovation engine without adding people or additional dollars?

Tyson HartmanChief Technology OfficerAvanade

History of Team Building

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead

So when did corporate team building start?

You will need to go back at least 80 years if you want to explore the history of teamwork and team building as we know it today.

That’s how long researchers have been examining the behavior of teams in the workplace.   Today there are numerous teamwork theories around employee motivation, team development, workplace culture and the benefits of rewards and recognition.  However in the 1920s, none of these concepts were well understood.

One of the earliest research studies into workplace behavior was that of Professor Elton Mayo and the Hawthorne Experiment.    Mayo conducted experiments into teamwork and team building from 1927 to 1932 at the Western Electric Hawthorne Works in Chicago.

The experiments had the primary intention of studying the relationship between productivity and work conditions. Professor Mayo started these experiments by examining the physical and environmental influences of the workplace (e.g. brightness of lights, humidity) and then moved on to the psychological aspects (e.g. breaks, group pressure, working hours, managerial leadership).

The findings in Hawthorne Experiments have been generally described as the “Hawthorne Effect”, which can be summarized as “Individual behaviors may be altered because people know they are being studied.”  The Hawthorne studies found that employees are not motivated solely by money and that motivation is linked to employee behavior and their attitudes.

High Performing Team

At the time, there was no established history of teamwork and employee motivation research to rely on.  Mayo’s findings were considered quite unusual.   Today, we know that efforts by leaders to motivate teams through shared experiences have a real effect on productivity and performance.

Sport teams have also been a huge influence in how employers look at employee team dynamics.   High performing sports teams have many of the same attributes that are sought after in work groups – collaboration, mutual support, desire to win and a shared goal.  People naturally took “team” from a sports metaphor to business.

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” –Michael Jordan

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