Irresistible Teams

I’m totally digging on Josh Bersin‘s Irresistible Organization framework. His presentation is worth a review. He breaks it down as such:


The Simply Irresistible Organization consists of the following 5 fundamentals:

  1. Meaningful work
  2. Hands-on management
  3. Incredible work environment
  4. Growth opportunity
  5. Trust in leadership

More granularly:


Meaningful Work

  • Autonomy and freedom to contribute
  • Select the right fit
  • Small empowered teams
  • Time for slack


Great Management

  • Clear and transparent goals
  • Coaching not evaluation
  • Invest in development of managers
  • Agile performance management


Modern Performance Management

  • Regular feedback
  • Strength-based assessment
  • Coaching and development
  • Time for a change


Fantastic Environment

  • Flexibility
  • Humanistic workplace
  • Culture of recognition
  • Inclusion and diversity


Growth Opportunity

  • Training and support on the job
  • Career and talent mobility
  • Dynamic self-directed learning
  • High-impact learning culture


Trust in Leadership

  • Mission and purpose
  • Investment in people
  • Transparency and communication
  • Inspiration

There’s something about this last one, though, that’s very interesting:


The greater the sense of trust in the leadership (i.e. rating) the higher percent of the team and organization recommending the company to friends.

This is particularly powerful for recruiting talented people to grow an organization and team. It starts with leadership and goes from there. If you have weak leadership, well, no one is naturally going to recommend that others jump on the bus.

Implementation, according to Bersin:


Define your culture, assess and engage, collect feedback, and then communicate with management and take action. Rinse and repeat.

Of course, easier said than done, but well worth the time, effort, and investment.