There is a science to having a high-performance team.
Just as there are laws for how the physical universe works, there are certain laws or principles that determine team effectiveness.
Water molecules require 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom. Anything less, and you do not have water. High performance teams require 6 principles to be in play. If any of these principles are missing, you do not have a high-performance team.
The 6 principles of high-performance teams are
- Team members need to hear others—peers, reports, customers. Hearing means understanding what another says without judgement, without opinion. Getting exactly what they are saying. Ok to consider, judge and evaluate later—but first, hear it untampered so that the other knows you heard them fully.
- Genuine speaking—say it the way it is. Respectful always, but completely straightforward. Honest. Not held back.
- Each team member’s word is their bond. They do what they said they would do and hold others to what those others said they would do.
- Just as you want your favorite sports team to win, you want your colleagues on your team to win in their respective roles.
- Verbal recognition of other team members for what they accomplish and for what they contribute to the team and organization.
- Having a shared vision for the future—aligned on intentions and goals.
The benefits of having these principles alive in the behavior of a team are
- A leap in results by both the team as a whole, and (interestingly) the individual members
- Trust and connection
- Greater well-being, ease, reduction in stress, happiness
- The foundation for a high-performance culture
Easy to say, not so easy to do.
Barry Pogorel Leadership brings these principles alive in the daily functioning of teams so that they achieve what they are committed to, and beyond.