Increase Your Team’s Confidence and Performance

Many teams fail to achieve their much anticipated potential.  Why?  Because they lack a clear understanding of how to help each other express their functional expertise.

Powerful team building must offer a framework for increasing team confidence and performance by providing tools to identify and align individual member giftedness, skills, passion, and purpose.  Here are Five Performance Factors to consider as you build your teams:

1. Group Development:  Team members need to address the following:

Alignment.  Why am I here?  Is this group going where I want to go?  Can I do better with this group than I can alone?

Relationship.  Who are you?  Why are you here?  Are you committed?  Are you competent?  Can I trust you?

Task.  Are our goals clear?  Is feedback relevant?  Are challenges and skills balanced?

Strategy.  How shall we do it?  What specific approach should we use?

2. Sharing a Common Purpose:  Teams need to be introduced to individual and shared…

Values.  What are the values each member brings to the team that play a part in aligning a team around purpose, roles, and processes, providing the foundation for cooperation?

Purpose.  Why is the team doing what it is doing and can they do so with excellence?  The answer to this question provides the primary reason for cooperation.

3. Appreciating Differences:  Teams need to discover and share the following:

Temperament.  This is the pattern of behavior that comes from each individual’s values and needs, and underlie their way of acting.  What are the benefit of the temperaments each individual brings to the team?  What is it about an individual’s temperament that gets them into trouble?

Strengths and Challenges.  How does each individual “stand out” on the team?  Where can they make their greatest contribution?  Can we allow team members to be weak in the areas that are the obverse side of their strengths?

4. Crystal Clear Roles:  Teams need to learn how to design and deploy work around individual strengths.  Roles must…

Fortify.  Roles must fortify team members with a sense of mission and the conviction that their efforts are important and valued.

Focus.  Roles must help members look beyond turf issues, style conflicts, role ambivalence, and idea ownership to focus on the task at hand.

Function.  Roles must build a culture where team members eagerly seek out team assignments and cross functional collaboration.

5. Effective Processes:  Teams need to master the “how” of teamwork, focusing on the following methods of cooperation:

Project Management.  This is about the effective use of human, technical, and financial resources to achieve strategic goals.

Strategic Planning.  This is consciously choosing the direction in which your team will move.

Process Skills.  This is the ability to identifying and acting on what matters.

Meetings.  These are the tools for dealing with the most difficult and painful part of teamwork.

Challenging Processes.  This is the intentional act of searching for opportunities to challenge yourself and your team.  It is about making it safe to experiment and take risks.