Chartering and deploying effective project teams is one of the most important achievements for any organization.
Consider that high performing teams, by their nature, work on the right things — those that matter most to the organization. In addition, high performing teams are much more likely to bring about breakthrough gains – gains that go beyond those typically achieved by individuals — and for good reasons:
It is nearly impossible for a single person to possess the same amount of knowledge and experience that a high performing team possesses
The exchange of ideas leads to new thinking and innovation
The involvement of multiple people in decision-making strengthens commitment levels
A team environment provides mutual support and a sense of belonging
Some of the skills and behaviors that can help an organization develop high-performing teams include:
Strong, committed leadership
Alignment around a common purpose
Diligent task and project management
Effective communication and meeting management
Clear and measurable performance targets
The right process to achieve results
People are held mutually accountable for activity and results
Our previous post listed ten behaviors that have proved effective when taking a formalized approach to employee engagement.
But as noted in that, and other posts, engagement alone is not enough if the goal is to improve performance in a measurable way.
Not surprisingly, some of the highest achieving organizations with which we’ve worked are those that have successfully leveraged their engagement effort to develop and sustain high performance cultures.
The info-graphic summarizes steps you can take in order to achieve a high-performance culture.
Within this type of culture, people at all levels are encouraged to continually look for better ways of doing their jobs. They are continually educated about, and coached to use, the tools of improvement; and to understand the link between individual or team performance and organizational goals.
Leaders within such a culture make available the necessary resources for helping people at all levels to understand the core competencies, values and beliefs which drive the culture. These leaders also devote the necessary time and attention toward encouraging an environment that supports high quality and productivity, and toward effective performance management.