High-Performing Teams

Posted by Mitchell Communications Group on January 10, 2012

Working in a team environment is often expected, but it is not always easy. An employee working on a team that does not function well often dreams of being moved to a different team because conflict is evident or they don’t believe they are empowered or valued. People want to work where they are valued and utilized.

Working on a team is difficult. Teams are groups of individuals with varying personalities, experiences, skill sets and roles. Teams are expected to make decisions, provide a high-quality product, and achieve excellence to impact the organization’s bottom line.

With that in mind, what is it that makes a team succeed? Is it the right vision statement, the most qualified team members, the expertise everyone offers? Or, is there something more to becoming a high-performing team? The tangible qualities are evident, but what about the intangible?

I had the privilege of talking to an executive director about how our trainings have impacted her organization. She shared that turnover is much lower and morale is much higher among her teams. Here is why: The teams feel valued, free to share ideas, and that they contribute to the goals of the team. What are the intangible qualities that impact a team to feel this way? Jim Collins in “Good to Great” shares that great leaders have humility. They listen, make their teams feel valued, and are open to challenge and innovation. This intangible quality of humility can be the differentiator between a team of individuals functioning as individuals or a team of individuals who become a high-performing team.

Imagine being excited about your next meeting. Imagine feeling like a key contributor to your team. Imagine loving where you work every day because of the people you work with. Imagine contributing to a high-performing team.

What if we did not just imagine? What if we began the shift to become a high performing team today? What would it take?

What expertise do you bring to your team that no one else does?

What are you most passionate about and how does your passion benefit your team?

What intangible quality do you find most important to high performing teams?

Tell us in the comment box below.

Michael Brown is a training manager for The Center for Training, Business and Leadership Excellence at Mitchell Communications Group. Learn more from Michael, here.