High Performing Teams
Take Your Team to the Next Level
Leadership teams are ubiquitous in the corporate, non-profit and public sector world, yet most teams fall short of their full potential. To apply a label, they fail to become a high performing team – one that reaches its maximum level of productivity and efficiency. High performing teams have eight characteristics that distinguish them from regular teams and all eight of these elements must be present for the team to achieve its highest level of output.
I believe that every team has the capability to be a high performing team. By examining current practices and behaviors and making the necessary adjustments, any team can take its performance to the next level. The objectives of my team consulting process are to help leadership teams 1) understand their current state of productivity (through surveys and interviews), 2) identify new practices and behaviors that will make them more efficient, and 3) implement and commit to a new way of working together.
Three primary beliefs drive my work with leadership teams:
- I believe there are practices and behaviors that are foundational elements of a highly functioning team.
- I believe that teams should focus on outcomes. While process is important, I ask teams to acknowledge current outcomes (or lack thereof) and work backwards from a desired state.
- I believe that leadership is the key ingredient for team success, which is why much of my work with teams focuses on the team leader. The leader is responsible for the team environment and is accountable for the outcomes. Without strong leadership, working groups cannot become high performing teams.