5 Essential Elements for Successful High-Performance Teams

September 28, 2019 by  

Teams, be it sales or distribution, are one of the most important entities within an organization because they are instrumental to its success.

Here are some key elements common to those successful high-performance teams.

1. Committed to a common cause: Strong teams spend time identifying their purpose, in other words collaboratively defining the common objectives that define their existence. They are committed to achieving their common goals and are responsible individually and collectively. Teamwork is the sum of individual efforts.

2. Focused on goals: Strong teams focus on what needs to be achieved. They may debate and disagree on various aspects related to the attainment of a goal but they do not lose sight of the task at hand. With the synergy of purpose, the team works collaboratively to be on track so that they can attain their predetermined aims and goals.

3. Complement each other’s skills: In order for teams to be successful, the members require good technical or functional expertise. They need to have good decision making and interpersonal skills. Strong teams understand individual strengths, leverage those to the benefit of everyone and complement each other to build on the various strengths necessary to accomplish the outcomes they desire.

4. Share interests and core values: Teams that have interests and core values that are aligned are more likely to meet their objectives than teams whose members have little in common. When team members enjoy each other, appreciate, respect and acknowledge individual contributions then the team will be successful and more likely to accomplish whatever they set out to do.

5. Possess positive energy: High-performance teams possess positive energy and excitement in whatever they do. They possess a strong sense of determination which propels them to accomplish their tasks efficiently, productively, and creatively.

A high-performance team has members who are engaged and involved with their jobs and enable others to do the same. Together, they provide positive reinforcement to each other and because of this synergy, they are able to attain their common goals and enjoy great success.  In addition they employ effective communication skills in order to work effectively and collaboratively together with clear instructions and directions between the team members.

5 Tips for Preventing Unproductive Team Conflict

September 11, 2014 by  

Healthy competition within a team can be a motivating force, however it can also cause conflict that can tear groups apart. Finding just the right balance can move a team from mediocre to sensational. However, the competitive desire to succeed and win can drive some to cheat. We have all experienced having an idea shared casually in the staff lounge, later presented by someone else as theirs.

So how do successful teams spin competition into innovation?
1. Start with the right team:
Building complementary, collaborative teams of individuals is the best way to prevent conflict before it begins. Introduce assessments to develop a team with diversity in both personalities and skills.
2. Celebrate differences:
Diversity can bring strength and innovation to the team. It can actually boost individual confidence and encourage collaboration. When employees recognize and leverage the differences in the group, they will experience less friction in their collaborative efforts. Diverse perspectives create more problem solving opportunities and more unique outcomes. Encourage experienced team members to share their expertise with younger employees and younger employees to teach older generations about social media and new technologies.
3. Share common goals:
A high performance team needs more than just the right chemistry they also require the alignment of common goals. These goals need to be clearly defined to be certain everyone is on the same page. With all eyes on the final goal, team members will be less likely to get caught up in short term disputes.
4. Capitalize on individual strengths:
Effective teams know how to combine individual results into a successful group effort. Maintaining a healthy dose of competition keeps a project from stagnating. Inevitably, somebody will come up with a better idea or get the work done before others. Focus these individual achievements into a strong drive for higher accomplishments for everyone. Team members with the right skills will see how their individual strengths can enhance another team member’s idea….improving the final outcome for everyone.
5. Establish team checkpoints:
Measuring progress along the way provides value to that original goal. This approach helps the team continue to share the same goal but also allows for re-evaluation if necessary. Checkpoints give team members an opportunity to voice their concerns throughout the project. Keep in mind these are team checkpoints, are not individual progress reports. Successful teams appreciate that the desired outcome is dependent upon the collaborative sum total of everyone’s contribution.

Strong teams are composed of a diverse group of individuals with specific roles all working toward the same goals. Along the way they are able to solve problems, resolve conflict and accomplish those goals. They recognize that each member has a valuable purpose to perform and know that they could not accomplish their team project alone. Unlike rival companies, team members can channel competition into mutual gain. Using diversity to drive success takes competition from conflict to innovation.