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10 High Performance Team Traits

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There are certain traits that high performance teams exhibit and leaders need to recognize and emphasize to improve the success of their teams. Leaders can encourage high performance out of their teams but it is important to know traits that are exhibited by teams to help nudge team members in the right direction. A high performance team is a unit that acts as one entity while performing tasks with ease and a seamless quality. A team that exhibits such behavior can be said to be in “flow” or in the “zone”. This is commonly witnessed in sports where a player can perform incredible feats that have never before been accomplished. Read the ten traits of high performance teams given by the folks at Talent Dynamics. 

1. Leadership. Instead of ‘I tell, you do’ the team members participate in the leadership of the team.  Each team member reflects the purpose and values of the team.  The team members use their skills and experience to solve problems.

2. Decision making. We make decisions in two ways, reason and intuition.  Both have strengths and weaknesses.  Reason is detailed and slow.  Intuition is sketchy and fast.  Different circumstances require different decision making processes.  High performance teams not only display a balance of both but they also know when each is needed.

3. Communication. Team communication needs to be open and transparent.  The goals of the team are regularly reflected upon, progress is fed back and problems addressed quickly.  High performance teams recognise that each member communicates differently and use the best communication channel for the information AND the team member.

4. Diversity. High performance teams embrace the diversity and difference in the team’s collective background and experience.  This leads to many viewpoints and a greater understanding of problems.  High performance teams use this diversity to make better decisions and create solutions faster.

…More at Traits of High Performance Teams | Talent Dynamics

Leaders can use this list to their advantage and start improving their success today. A high performance team is one that “clicks” and can be very difficult to attain. People are inherently different and diversity is a positive advantage when team members understand their role and responsibility but ego and a whole host of other emotions can impede the achievement of developing a “flow”. Leaders need to recognize when a spirit of competition rather than cooperation crops up and take action to alleviate this tension before it affects output. A team cannot achieve high performance without an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Leaders can recognize these ten high performance team traits and emphasize improvement in key areas to increase their own success. 


10 Tips For Team-Building

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Today we bring you ten tips for team-building. Team-building is all about acknowledging your employees for their hard work and to help them develop healthy and productive relationships in the workplace. A team that works well together and can work synchronously is one that will be very productive. Effectively incorporating the following tips into your next team-building event will provide great returns. Jennifer Gregory brings us these ten tips for team-building. 

A staff with solid working relationships will be a more effective team, have higher job satisfaction and will give your customers better service. Team-building days can be a great way to both reward your employees and help foster closer relationships.

MySocialCloud.com, a 10-employee startup company, hosts regular beach days. “The team goes out to the beach and relaxes, plays games and gets to know each other better. We also have regular pizza parties and sponsor some events, like painting parties, that we ask the whole team to go to in order to have fun outside of the office together,” says Stacey Ferreira, co-founder of MySocialCloud.com

However, without proper planning, team-building activities can dampen morale if it becomes just another work obligation.

…More at 10 Tips for a Better Team-Building Event : Managing :: American

Team-building is an essential process to enhace the office environment and improve the working relationships therein. Planning a team-building event will be much easier with these ten tips. We hope you are able to incorporate these ten tips for team-building into your next event to create the best connected team you can. 


Leading a High Performance Team

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Leading a high performance team is of paramount importance for business leaders in every sector to optimize their market share. The capability of a leader to outline a project that gives the team adequate direction, information and outcomes desired is necessary to developing a truly high performing team. This leader needs to work with each team member to guarantee that they know their role and how it connects with other member's roles. Chris Musselwhite brings us a great overview of high performance teams and what skillset is required for the leaders of these teams. 

“A team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable.”

Using this definition, we can outline three important competencies for the effective team builder and leader.

  • Promoting understanding of why a group of people need to be a team. The team needs to understand its shared goals and what each team member brings to the team that is relevant and crucial to its overall successes.
  • Ensuring the team has adequate knowledge to accomplish its task. This includes information relevant to the team's goals and individual job competencies.
  • Facilitating effective interaction in such as way as to ensure good problem solving, decision making and coordination of effort.

….​More at Building and Leading High Performance Teams | Inc.

A team that works well together with balanced skills that function independently to serve a common goal is very effective at completing tasks. Each team member is held accountable by the team leader as well as other team members because each team member understands that everyone else depends on them. A team leader must be able to convey this message to their team without alienating them. Leading a high performance team is a delightful experience that every leader should strive to achieve.