29 November 2011

7 Observed Characteristics of High Performing Teams


Through experience of working with teams from all manner of diverse organisations, we have observed 7 consistent characteristics that differentiate the high-performing teams, in any environment, from the rest.  In order to consistently stay ahead of the pack, a high performing team will typically exhibit the following characteristics:

1 – A clearly defined vision and goals

A team differentiates itself from a group by having a shared goal.  The high-performing team differentiates itself further by having a clear vision that describes the team’s very reason for being.  It sets, communicates, and reviews SMART goals that support this vision so that its members are clear about their priorities, and as a result consistently act in ways that support the team’s overall mission and goals.

2 – Clear team roles

All team members understand their roles and those played by others, and efficiently utilise  every team member’s  skills and abilities. They are also clear about the connection between team goals and their day-to-day activities.

3 – Effective team leadership

Team leaders define the team’s goals and priorities, encourage collaboration among team members, clarify priorities on a continuous basis, and work constantly to create a supportive team environment.

4 – World class communication

Members of a high-performing team share information freely, openly, and honestly; listen to each other; and regularly offer each other constructive and positive feedback.  Information is disseminated regularly through formal and informal means.  Meetings are managed effectively to be focused, timely and necessary.

5 – Positive relationships

Team members respect, support, cooperate with, and trust each other. Such teams proactively work to build positive relationships. Teambuilding activities are carried out as part of an ongoing process of managing the work environment, encouraging the active participation of all team members.

6 – Development opportunities

Members of a high-performing team have access to ongoing development opportunities in technical, professional, and interpersonal skills, through a variety of means including formal training, coaching and mentoring, and developmental assignments.

7 – Timely Decision-making and problem-solving

A high-performing team will identify and resolve problems, manage conflict, and make decisions effectively and in a timely manner.  Team members are actively involved and brought in to the process as appropriate.

ACT Now Team Development Ltd. specialises in the area of working to help teams develop through teambuilding activities, coaching, workshops, and facilitation, all of which align perfectly with the goal of developing the characteristics above.  Please contact us if you want to know how we can help to keep your team ahead of the pack.

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