Silence is deadly (and other rules of healthy executive teams).
Ultimately, the degree to which your executive team is aligned is inseparable from the larger concept of "organizational health."
Like employee engagement and customer delight, organizational health sounds both highly desirable and difficult to quantify. But management consultant Patrick Lencioni says there are some clear indicators. "You know you have [organizational health] when you have minimal politics and confusion, high degrees of morale and productivity, and very low turnover among good employees."
For a deep dive on how to address potential problems, see the sources referenced in "The Plus" below. For a quick take, The Table Group created this abbreviated team test exclusively for Build.