We’ve all experienced high performing and low performing teams. They are slow, uncoordinated and often lack direction or drive to deliver quality work. There may be one person holding the team together, but collectively it doesn’t drive high-value results.
High performing teams don’t just happen; it takes a lot of hard work, trust and culture for a high-performance team to emerge.
Many teams struggle to collaborate effectively and deliver consistently, which can cause stress, burnout, anxiety or overwhelm. All of which impact productivity, creativity and team’s overall well-being. Once the team is in a space where they are overwhelmed, trust between the team is impacted, and it all gets a bit harder from there.
If your team considers themselves as a piece of a jigsaw, then they are not working together, they are siloed, they are competing against each other, and most likely there is an element of one-manupship. High-performance teams cannot survive in a siloed environment.
A high performing team share a shared vision, goals, metrics, and who collaborate, challenge and hold each other accountable to achieve outstanding results. The vision is there to give the team a sense of direction, it’s the motivating factor that drives the team forward.
The team knows what’s important to them. Their values are not just words on a piece of paper. They’re emotionally charged and full of meaning, and they drive the behaviours of the team. All of the team is expected to live by them. The values are always front of mind and drive the standards of the team.
The high-performance team are aligned in their vision and values. Conflicts are resolved quickly. Alignment is crucial, once the team is aligned, everything moves smoother.
Trust is an essential ingredient for the team’s success. Without trust, open and transparent communication is impossible. It allows for a culture of feedback and support. The team knows that all of the members have their back.
Developing a high-performance team takes work, and the best way to start crafting the best team you can is to get them engaged with one another. Check out our High-Octane Corporate Team Building here to ignite your team momentum.