Poor teamwork generally generates poor results.
Good teamwork generally generates good results.
Exceptional teamwork generally generates exceptional results.
Why do you think some teams perform better than others?
I start with this definition of team by authors Katzenbach and Smith;
“A team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals and common approach for which they hold themselves accountable”
If a team is not performing at an exceptional level, you’ll likely find the solution somewhere in the details of this definition. What I mean by that is, the key points in this definition have greater depth to them and they can be further analyzed.
My leadership tip for you this week is to think about what has to be done to have your team perform at the exceptional (+) level.
I’m sure that many of you think your team is already performing at an exceptional level … and you probably are … so there’s really nothing for you to do. It’s your call; I’m suggesting you take it to the next level.
However, if your team isn’t at the exceptional level think about what has to be done to get there first.
Think about your leadership – is it unwavering and consistent
Think about the talent on the team – do you have the best available talent – what one or two things should you change in the recruitment and selection process?
Think about everyone’s role – are the roles correct – does everyone understand and embrace their role – what one or two role adjustments could be made that could make a significant difference?
Think about communication – does the right hand truly know and understand what the left hand is doing? … How about vice versa?
Think about the top 3 to 5 things that are hindering your team’s ability to deliver results – fix them
As the leader it’s your responsibility to ensure your team is positioned to deliver exceptional plus results for your organization or business unit … and you are always accountable for the results.
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