Our previous post referenced the proverbial “A Team,” and identified the “A” as standing for agility.
But along with being agile, the ability to build high performing teams can enable an organization to make significant gains that go beyond those typically achieved by individuals. As the saying goes, “TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More.”
Consider that it is nearly impossible for a single person to possess the same amount of knowledge and experience that a high performing team possesses, as the exchange of ideas alone leads to new thinking and innovation. In addition, the involvement of multiple people in decision-making typically strengthens commitment levels, and a team environment can provide mutual support and a sense of belonging.
However, virtually every organization we’ve encountered struggles with developing teams.
Many teams are dysfunctional; they take too long to accomplish tasks, the work is filled with errors and waste, the costs are excessive and turf wars abound.
Some key steps for developing high performing teams include:
- Providing effective sponsorship
- Developing strong team leaders and facilitators
- Developing alignment around a common purpose
- Developing and applying consistent task and project management
- Open and consistent communication
- Teaching people how to conduct productive meetings
- Setting measurable performance targets
- Identifying the right process/game plan to achieve results
- Holding people mutually accountable for results