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Empowering Teams - The CLEAR Model® Approach to Building High-Performance Teams

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When exploring corporate leadership, it's common to focus heavily on strategies and grand visions. However, the real driving force behind progress often doesn't get enough attention: the team. Consider the team as the heart of innovation, agility, and growth. This piece dives into the CLEAR Model® and its role in reshaping team building and organisational leadership, transforming ordinary groups into extraordinary performers.

The CLEAR Model® - Lighting the Way in Team Building

At the heart of my book, "Clearly Agile - A Leadership Guide to Business Agility," is the CLEAR Model® (Culture, Leadership, Execution, Adaptability, and Responsiveness). This model guides mastering team dynamics at the brisk pace of modern business. Each element of the model presents a new way to form teams that excel, not just participate.

Culture: Cultivating a Collaborative Landscape

Culture is like fertile soil, crucial for growing a successful team. Creating an atmosphere where openness, innovation, and mutual respect are more than just words is vital. The CLEAR Model® helps leaders foster a setting where collaboration is standard.

Leadership: Guiding with Vision and Heart

Effective leadership is about more than just hierarchy for high-performing teams. The CLEAR Model® transforms leadership roles into positions filled with vision and empathy. These leaders grasp the subtle aspects of team dynamics and motivate their members toward shared goals with inspiration and understanding.

Execution: Doing It Right Every Time

How well a team executes plans often defines its value. The CLEAR Model® excels here, providing practical tools and methods that turn ideas into action. Whether adopting Agile practices like Scrum or Kanban, this model ensures teams are prepared to achieve results efficiently and effectively.

Adaptability: Riding the Waves of Change

Change is a constant. The best teams don't just adjust to change; they flourish in it. The CLEAR Model® emphasises adaptability, urging teams to embrace change, learn from every experience, and modify strategies as needed.

Responsiveness: Quick and Intelligent Reactions

The speed and effectiveness of a team's response to challenges are crucial. Developing mechanisms for quick feedback and decision-making that align with customer needs and market shifts is key. The CLEAR Model® prepares teams to be proactive, responsive, and continuously evolving.

Implementing the CLEAR Model® in Team Development

Applying the CLEAR Model® in your team's development involves several steps:

  1. Assessment: Evaluate how your team currently functions and how well it aligns with the CLEAR principles.

  2. Strategy Development: Design a plan to enhance team performance, focusing on improvement areas.

  3. Implementation: Integrate CLEAR principles into your team's everyday activities.

  4. Monitoring and Adjustment: Continuously track the impact and make adjustments as necessary.

  5. Integration: Make CLEAR principles a fundamental part of your team's operations, seamlessly incorporating them into their routine.

Building Teams That Stand the Test of Time

Teams built on the CLEAR Model® principles are high-performing and resilient. They are equipped to navigate today’s complex business world with agility and grace. Such teams are prepared to face challenges directly, adapt to unexpected changes, and become stronger.

Starting the journey to create high-performance teams can be complex. Yet, the CLEAR Model® simplifies this path. It’s about teams evolving how they function, think, adapt, and respond to the shifting business landscape. Working with teams to integrate these principles into their ethos doesn't just enhance performance; it prepares your organisation for the future.

Empowering teams with the CLEAR Model® is more than just improving skills. It’s about creating an environment where continuous learning, shared leadership, and flexibility are key to team dynamics. This approach ensures your teams are ready for today’s hurdles and tomorrow’s opportunities.

The CLEAR Model®: A Blueprint for Agile Teams

The CLEAR Model® offers a roadmap for developing agile and adaptable teams that are aligned with your organisation's larger goals. This transformative journey requires commitment, understanding, and a readiness to adopt new working methods. The reward is substantial—teams that are empowered, engaged, and excel in their performance.

As we move through the unpredictable currents of modern business, the CLEAR Model® serves as a reliable guide. It’s crucial for creating teams that thrive, not just survive. These teams drive your organisation's success, embodying agility, adaptability, and excellence.


To sum up, the CLEAR Model® is more than a set of techniques; it’s a mindset that enables teams to reach their highest potential. By adopting this approach, leaders can shape environments where high-performance teams thrive, driving business agility and triumph in a constantly evolving world.

Join this journey of team empowerment and discover how the CLEAR Model® can lead your organisation to build high-performing and transformative teams in your business world.

Giles Lindsay is a technology executive, business agility coach, and CEO of Agile Delta Consulting Limited. Giles has a track record in driving digital transformation and technological leadership. He has adeptly scaled high-performing delivery teams across various industries, from nimble startups to leading enterprises. His roles, from CTO or CIO to visionary change agent, have always centred on defining overarching technology strategies and aligning them with organisational objectives.

Giles is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI), the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (FBCS), and The Institution of Analysts & Programmers (FIAP). His leadership across the UK and global technology companies has consistently fostered innovation, growth, and adept stakeholder management. With a unique ability to demystify intricate technical concepts, he’s enabled better ways of working across organisations.

Giles’ commitment extends to the literary realm with his forthcoming book: “Clearly Agile: A Leadership Guide to Business Agility”. This comprehensive guide focuses on embracing Agile principles to effect transformative change in organisations. An ardent advocate for continuous improvement and innovation, Giles is unwaveringly dedicated to creating a business world that prioritises value, inclusivity, and societal advancement.

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