“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” – Michael Jordan[i]
These inspiring words by Michael Jordan can be applied to any team – from recreational activities to the corporate workplace. The creation and maintenance of high-performing teams is an achievable goal. The strategy of how, when, and why to build a team focused on individual strengths, collective goals, and a vision of success, is a common goal among leaders in the workplace. What is the best way to transition from a good team to an exceptional group of talented people who drive business results in a way never imagined before?
The foundation is consistent collaboration. Like all skills, real collaboration is learned and developed over time, through persistent effort, practice, feedback, experience, discovery, adversity, and success.[ii] With the right collaboration, high-performance teams overcome challenges, manage change, and drive endless innovation in the workplace.
Apply the following six characteristics of a great team and you have a recipe for high-performing success.
Six Behaviors for Creating a High-Performing Team[iii]
- Strategy, Goals, and Purpose – The secret is in the consistent understanding and alignment on strategy even if everyone does not agree. There is power in a team moving together with the understanding of the importance of alignment regardless of agreement.
- Right People, Right Skills, Right Roles – Great teams have people with the right skills and are organized in a way that everyone knows exactly how their strengths contribute to reaching the goals.
- Conflict – High-performing teams see conflict as an important part of business decisions and overcome it in a formal and constructive way to achieve optimal results.
- Decision-Making – Total alignment from the team allows for an efficient and effective decision-making process that is void of making decisions too quickly or not quickly enough. There are different ways to approaching a decision, but all lead to team buy-in.
- Rules of the Road – Not only is the process, behaviors, and decision-making agreed upon by the team, but working together by these engagement guidelines is constantly monitored in meetings on a regular basis.
- Culture and Values – Great teams preserve their core values during difficult and challenging situations. They keep the attention focused on these values always.
Developing a top-performing team is possible. By making a conscious effort and having a strategy to improve team development, leadership emerges, and a strong team is positioned for success. Being part of a great team is inspiring, satisfying, and leads to energy that fosters collaboration, increased engagement, and accelerates ultimate success.