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Strategic teams: what really drives them?

Daniel Wolf (Dewar Sloan, Traverse City, USA) a
Brooke Felger (Dewar Sloan, Traverse City, USA) a

Strategic HR Review

ISSN: 1475-4398

Article publication date: 29 May 2019

Issue publication date: 21 June 2019




The purpose of this paper is to examine motivation in a team setting, how engagement in the organization's value proposition and strategic agenda, better-matched talent, solid enterprise culture and accountability all play a role in motivating groups of people to become agents of making strategy happen. This paper also provides practical themes for team leadership.


For over 25 years, the authors have observed team function and dysfunction on all levels of business. They have defined a series of conditions that open the gates for motivation to flourish. Using developmental content, questions and frameworks, they provide a roadmap for the motivation of strategic teams in different settings, with different charters.


The authors find that teams whose members have a clear focus on their purpose within the organization's over-arching strategic plans, are well matched with specific talents of members and leaders of the team, and serve within a strong enterprise culture, are more highly motivated as agents of making strategy happen.


This study offers an expanded viewpoint on strategic team motivation with some themes for building strategic team competence, resilience and adaptive capacity across a range of organizational settings.



Wolf, D. and Felger, B. (2019), "Strategic teams: what really drives them?", Strategic HR Review, Vol. 18 No. 3, pp. 116-121.



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