What Makes a Great Team?
Great teams build great businesses.
Having been a General Manager for many years before I discovered Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and psychometrics I thought that I was doing a pretty good job. Looking back, that wasn’t really the case. Of course I was doing the best with what I had, but at no point did I stop and consider that there might be another way to engage, motivate and influence the people that I was meant to be leading.
The benefit of ‘teams’ is well document, but simply throwing people together is not what an effective team is all about. In fact, team building, when you are striving for a productive and supportive environment takes conscious decision making and an above average understanding of individuals within the team.
High performance teams are characterised by:
•Team performance management that sets and continuously measures the achievements of the team against the organisation’s goals
•Team behaviours and values that everyone “buys in to” and consistently demonstrates even in the face of adversity
•Challenging and supportive team environment that fosters these behaviours and performance measures, helping to create and nurture a strong team identity
•Team identity or ‘brand’ that is recognised by those inside and outside the team
If you think about an effective team you have been part of in the past or may be currently working in, you may recognise some of these characteristics:
High Performing Teams invite conflict. They are open and honest and above all else trust one another. They see differences of opinions as healthy and a way to grow, learn and change. They don’t fear speaking out or of being judged.
They are free to have an opinion and in fact they see their ideas as valued and encouraged.
Where to now?
If you’re interested in developing yourself and would like more choice in how you interact with other people, feel free to contact me. email@example.com or 0131 463 6633