"My VPs are all great individually, but we don't seem to work together well."
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First, let's take a look at high-performance teams, and then we'll take a look at YOUR team.
What is a High-Performance Team?
It is a collection of people who work effectively together, trust, respect and like each other and serve the needs of their organization in a flexible, efficient and collaborative way.
Do They Exist?
Of Course! Most of us have experienced the "magic" when a high-performance team forms spontaneously, whether in a sports or work environment. The group simply "clicks". The members outperform their individual abilities. It produces more and better work. Spirit stays high and obstacles are overcome with ease. Members are proud to be associated with the team. Members work and play together.
How Do I Recognize Them?
- High Energy - They seem to generate energy rather than deplete it.
- Focus on Achievement - They concentrate on getting goals accomplished not on maintaining their "territory".
- Effectiveness - They are constantly refining the process in which achievement takes place.
- Enthusiasm - They have more fun at work. They see differing opinions as a thebest way to effective solutions.
How Do We Become a High-Performance Team?
If no one on a newly formed team knows each other, training seminars and team facilitation are quick and simple methods for achieving solid team functioning. Relationships and opinions have yet to form, so understanding how effective teams perform will frequently be sufficient. Early team facilitation by a trained professional gets the team started on the right foot.
Existing Teams - Special Problems
They have a history. People have formed opinions about each other. They may not trust each other or like each other or respect each other.
Training Seminars Are Not Enough!
In addition to learning how to function as a team, the reasons for negative opinions must be uncovered and worked through. The causes of distrust must be found and eliminated. Knowing what to do and what not to do is insufficient to insure smooth future team functioning. Permanent behavior change is the goal. At HRD, Inc., we use specially trained team development psychologists to achieve these results as efficiently as possible.