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Why Teamwork Pays!

How to Achieve Breakthrough Gains

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

Framework for Achieving a High-Performance Culture

performancemanagementframework2Several things must be accomplished in order to achieve a high-performance culture.

An effective framework you might follow is displayed at right. As you can see, we must first determine the status-quo, and then specify where we need to be in terms of key performance indicators.  Then, as we develop a plan to close the gap, we must analyze our approach from three different perspectives:

  • Operational – what we do.
  • People – what are their competencies? How do we lead them?
  • Cultural – values, beliefs and norms.

How to Develop High-Performing Teams

team2In a recent post we identified eight attributes that are associated with high-performing teams, and noted how team improvement projects typically out-perform individual efforts.

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.  In addition, the involvement of multiple people in decision-making and implementation strengthens commitment levels, provides mutual support and promotes a sense of belonging.

But most organizations struggle 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 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
  • Hold people mutually accountable for activity and results

Key Attributes of High-Performing Continuous Improvement Teams

team2Building high-performing teams can bring about significant gains that go beyond those typically achieved by individuals.

But developing and leading teams is not easy work. We’ve identified the following eight attributes associated with high-performing teams:

  1. Work on what matters
  2. Create the “right” structure, including sponsor, leader, facilitator and members, all with clear roles
  3. Create a team charter
  4. Manage team meetings effectively
  5. Follow a defined methodology for problem solving and continuous improvement
  6. Monitor and improve teamwork skills
  7. Share accountability
  8. Recognize and publicize accomplishment

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