How to be a high-performance team
What is a Team?
A team in the most basic sense is a group of people working together to achieve their goal.
As defined by Professor Leigh Thompson of the Kellogg School of Management, “A team is a group of people who are interdependent with respect to information, resources, knowledge, and skills and who seek to combine their efforts to achieve a common goal”.
When working alongside a group of people, you are bound to come across differences in personality, thought process and implementation of work. What makes a team high performing that even despite all the hindrance one may presume would occur due to prominent differences, you embrace each and everybody’s individuality and work together as a unit to achieve a common goal.
A lot of factors come into play when it comes to a high-performance team, and after careful observation, these are the key points we have come up with to turn your team into the ‘dream team’ you always dreamed of:
Map out your vision:
Share your vision with your team. If you set a clear goal of what you want your team to achieve and pan outsmart action steps it creates a positive groundwork to build from. If the basics are clear, and everyone knows what the end goal is, it is much easier to work towards achieving it. Think of it as having a unanimous focus on achieving a common goal.
Defined roles for all:
Have clear and defined roles in the manner of a subgroup. Determine what kind of people you have in your team, what are their strengths and shortcomings and create subgroups on the basis of that. When you put together complementary personalities where Person A’s shortcoming is what Person B has its strength in, the team is bound to work together effectively.
Establishing the Norms:
Together, create a set of norms that will hold your team accountable for each individual task. Accountability unifies the team members with common standards of performance. People tend to work more efficiently if they know that this is a particular task that only ‘they’ are accountable for.
Effective and most importantly, frequent communication is the key factor of a successful high-performance team. Whether it comes to resolving any conflicts that seem to be surfacing or announcing even the smallest of breakthroughs, strong communication, keeping the team in the loop at all times is imperative.
Sharing resources is definitely one of the cornerstones of teamwork. You may come across a situation where a specific sub-group seems to be hoarding resources in order to make sure that they achieve their goals quicker but what needs to be inculcated within the team is that if they share the resources there are more chances of succeeding, this is why we stressed on the importance of having a unanimous goal earlier.
Consistency is the key:
A united, enthusiastic and most importantly a consistent effort will surely lead to success. Celebrate the short-term wins and work rigorously for that final goal without losing any hope. Obstacles may hinder your progress but that is no reason to stop. ‘Winners never quit and quitters never win’, you may say this is terribly clichéd of us to be saying this but these words are not repeated time and again for nothing.
We would like to part with you by quoting these amazing lines said by Mr. Phil Jackson, “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”
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