The fundamentals of high team performance



As we strive for competitiveness, high performing teams become even more critical to our success. Building and embedding high-team performance can be a complex matter.

As organisations gradually transition back to business as usual (BAU), they will be presented with the task of pivoting their operations between office-based working and virtual-working.


How can firms maintain high-team performance in today's hybrid world? The environment, the set-up, the team dynamic, the leadership are all key enablers of high-team performance.


Following the success of our recent webinar we've summarised the 6 core components of building high-performing teams. With the gradual re-emergence of BAU it is important for organisations re-examine their modus operandi and adjust to the new normal.


Create a shared vision and sense of purpose


  • A shared vision enables the leader to anticipate an exciting future

  • It connects your team with the vision so they feel part of the journey

  • A shared vision energies teams to accomplish BIG things

  • Ingrain the vision during regular team interactions.


Trust


  • Create a circle of safety. If teams feel safe and comfortable, they take appropriate risks and expose their vulnerabilities.

  • Remove conflicts which can destroy moral

  • Respect your employees' time, their opinions and their ideas

  • Provide a platform from which teams can share successes and challenges without fear of derision or reprimand.


Transparency


  • Create immediate transparency and accountability. This helps to keep teams present and in the moment. FAST meetings, rapid resolution sessions, daily response updates are all useful ways to improve transparency

  • Encourage teams to be open about their achievements and mistakes

  • Develop a plan to ensure open and regular engagement

  • This will create a safer and more positive environment.


Building a Winning mentality


  • Motivate employees to innovate, create change and take their performance to the next level.

  • Promote on-going team empowerment. Encourage autonomy, support independent decision making and grant ownership of key tasks. Empowered team members will be more emotionally connected with a company and its objectives.

  • Teams with winning mentalities achieve what they set out to achieve. And they do it consistently. They are also far more committed to overcoming challenges.


Effective leadership


  • The most effective leaders have a high consideration factor - they really care about their people. It's important to create an inspiring and positive vision of the future

  • Encourage teams to take initiative and adopt a more self-steering approach. Challenge team members to utilise their personal store of untapped knowledge and resource

  • Promote big-picture thinking and team collaboration. Encourage teams to really push boundaries and work outside their comfort zone.

  • Aim to build ever-stronger, trust-based relationships with your team.


Communication


  • Communicate with purpose and certainty.

  • Vary the means of communication to strike a good balance between group interaction and personal one-to-one dialogue. This is essential to promoting inclusiveness and evaluating emotions

  • Set aside time to connect with your teams daily and be aware of each team member's personal circumstance. For example, virtual coffees, lunch and learns and introducing your family to your teams in a virtual capacity.

  • The whole team needs to know what target they’re trying to hit, why it matters, and how their personal contributions are directly helping to deliver a certain business outcome.



Frank Tasker, CEO at DCM