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When: Tuesday, March 6 2012
Contact: Lisa Kimball

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Top Teams: What Can Social Networks Tell Us About Teams at the Top?
Tuesday, March 6, 2011 6:30-8:30pm
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Conference Room A
4805 Edgemoor Lane - 2nd Floor Bethesda, Maryland 20814
(across from Red Line Metro Bethesda, public parking available)
Directions available in the Plexus DC Fractal Network at
For more information, contact Lisa Kimball at

Rob Cross and Jon Katzenbach's article in Strategy + Business, February 6, 2012, talks about The Right Role for Top Teams (pdf): Analysis of informal networks offers a potent leadership model for the C-suite: Make top teams the hub of the enterprise, and watch performance improve.

"Think of the top teams you've known that have had the greatest impact. Did their value come from the meetings they conducted and the decisions they made together? Or did it derive from something else? In most companies, the phrase top team is a misnomer. Senior executives throughout the company may clamor for a seat on the leadership committee because that is where the key strategic decisions are supposedly made. But in actuality, the group rarely conducts its work in unison, as a deliberative body or a source of command. Instead, its power comes from its members' informal and social networks, their determination to make the most of those connections, and their ability to work well in subgroups formed to address specific issues. The most effective top teams are those that recognize this reality and explicitly set themselves up to function as the senior hub of the enterprise."

Whether you're part of a top team, coach a leader, consult with leaders in organizations or report to top team members come join us for this month's DC Plexus Fractal conversation.

Save the Date: Tuesday, April 3 when our guest will be Dr. Cynthia Hansen, a SolutionFocused Clinical Psychologist. She brings with her a broad range of experience includingoperating her own business for over 20 years, working in schools, hospitals, community mental health centres and group homes. She consults globally, has taught at Lewis and Clark and American Universities, and is currently working with the US Federal government in the Department of Homeland Security. Cynthia will engage us in a rich conversation about the personal challenges of grappling with complex crises and challenges.

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