“Challenge Yourself To Put Together A High Performing Team”
There are several conditions that need to be in place in order for teams to function at a high level. These are general ideas which apply to teams, but there may be more conditions that your team will need or invite to function well. You have hopefully learned some of them along the way of putting together your high-performing team.
These are 12 basic conditions for a high-performing team which you can take on as goals to work towards:
1…. There must be a high level of inter-dependence among the team members
2…. The manager (who is every member of the team) must have good people skills
3…. Each person must be willing to contribute
4…. There must be a relaxed climate for communication
5…. Each person must develop a mutual trust with each other
6…. Each person must be prepared to take risks & feel comfortable doing so
7…. They must all be clear about the goals & strategy for getting there
8…. Each role must be defined
9…. Each person must know their strengths & weaknesses
10. They must know how to read results
11…. Each person must be encouraged to create new ideas
12…. Each person must know they can influence the results of the whole team
Make sure everyone on the team is committed to the team’s purpose & strategic plan. Each person on the team must know exactly what that strategy is & needs to keep their focus on that strategy by constantly communicating it in team meetings & regular updates. The team must help each individual team member meet his or her own needs while serving the overall purpose & strategic goals of the team.
The team must establish motivating goals for the team members. The team should ensure that everyone on the team has clearly defined goals & targets that are aligned with the team’s strategic plan. If your team’s goals are determined by a senior management, make sure that these goals are clearly discussed. Team members must understand how their jobs support the achievement of the defined strategic goals & if possible, have the opportunity to develop individual goals & action plans that spell out how they will contribute to the success of the whole team.
You’ll need to ensure team members have clearly defined expectations but also, that they all must understand how each of their roles are linked to every other role. Make sure the team is crossed-trained in other responsibilities so that everyone can back each other up when needed. The team must make sure that individual job responsibilities are fulfilled, but, at the same time, works to help to every member develop a common language & common processes & approaches that allow them to function as a team.
When you’re the best team, members solve problems, and communicate with each other, & keep the team updated on current challenges or emerging issues. On low-performing teams, communication is one-way (from the leader to the team members) or two-way (between leader & certain members). Skilled teams focus on developing multi-directional communication, making sure that the team has multiple lines of communication open between themselves.
You must determine the level of authority & ownership the team can take. New teams may have to earn this authority by demonstrating that they understand the team purpose, strategy, process & priorities. However, effective teams work towards pushing authority for the teams outcomes to the team members. You can’t ‘push’ the team if you don’t ‘push’ the members themselves. Team members must know how & when to get approval for decisions &, in the best of cases, are charged with making on-the-spot decisions when a customer is facing them. On low-performing teams, team members have to constantly get approval before taking action, significantly reducing their effectiveness & negatively effectively their sense of engagement on the team.
The team must recognize diverse talents. Excellent teams pay attention, helping their unique strengths, talents, & weaknesses. No individual can be good at everything, so the best teams assist everyone to develop an appreciation for individual style differences, natural gifts, & personal experiences. The team is encouraged to use the language of acceptance & appreciation, rather than criticism & judgment. The team must consciously hire team members who bring complementary skill sets, unique experiences, & diverse perspectives.
They must work on developing support & trust. You can’t force a team or team member to be supportive & trusting—it’s a natural result of shared responsibility, shared success, & mutual respect. Your high-performing team achieves mutual support & trust because they have a history of working together to achieve great results. They have met challenges, overcome obstacles, back each other up in both good & bad times. A high-performing team has earned each other’s trust.
If you can get your team aligned with what was just said; you & your team will find great success!!!
A: News Flash By: Yow’ab Ben-Yahweh
Reported by: Yow’ab Ben-Yahweh for Musiqplug.com