5 Ways to Ensure the Success of a High Performance Team

July 18, 2013 by  

5 Ways to Ensure the Success of a High Performance Team

There are certain things that every team needs such as open, clear communication, sufficient time to accomplish their goals, appropriate strategies to achieve those goals and a suitable budget. The key element is support by everyone….because TEAM means…Together Everyone Achieves More!

In order to make sure teamwork is successful implement these 5 elements:

1. Develop the conditions necessary for team effectiveness. Those would include the required skill set to do the job well, compatibility of the team members so that they work together with respect, trust and rapport, and support and guidance of the team leader.
2. Establish the common goals. If we are not on the same page there is no way the team will be successful in accomplishing its goals…they need to know exactly what they are and have a clear plan of what everyone’s responsibilities are to achieve those aims as well as a time line for the project.
3. Institute a decision making process. Without a standardized system for arriving at decisions, much conflict and time wasting will likely occur. Again, this would likely be directed by the leader; however, depending on the aspect of the project, at various times this role may be taken by the expert on the team.
4. Clear, reachable expectations need to be outlined. If the team members are not clear on what their roles and responsibilities are with regard to the goal, the likelihood of the project being completed well and on time is not guaranteed.
5. Clear communication. Without this skill there will be confusion, resentment, disappointment, miscommunication and possibly a lot of complaining. This element is the most important aspect of any team, without it there will a great deal of difficulty in accomplishing anything of magnitude or importance.

Building and managing a team is hard work. A key factor for an effective High Performance Team is to make sure everyone in the organization clearly understands the purpose of the team. Without input from the entire team, including the Team Leader, the team is bound to fail. To ensure success assess each individual, set clear collaborative goals, create a process for decision making, establish reachable norms, and employ open, clear communication. If you implement these 5 team building elements you will have a winning team!

The Communication Handbook

July 4, 2013 by  

Clear communication is such an important skill in every aspect of life that I decided to write a book about the 5 Secrets to Effective Communication….how to build strong relationships at work, at home and at play.
The book offers strategies for 5 elements of communication. A description of Effective Communication sets the stage in chapter one.

Active Listening; the key communication skill is the second chapter.

Accountability; the personal empowerment through problem solving skill comprises chapter three.

Assertiveness; knowing what you want and asking for it in an honest and respectful manner is the subject of chapter four.

Gender Differences in Communication; how men and women communicate in very different ways, is explored in chapter five.

Personality Typing; knowing with whom we are having an exchange so that we can flex our communication style to be impactful is described in chapter six.

Finally, I offer a summary of what is covered and challenge the reader to begin employing these most valuable skills in their daily lives so that you can reduce the conflict in your life, increase the productivity, the efficiency and the creativity, as well as enhance the happiness factor in all that you do. If you do this you will enjoy much more success in everything all your experiences.

When the book is published, it will be made available on this site….if this interests you…keep an eye on Soft Skills for Success.