Creating Peak Performance Teams
June 27, 2017
All progressive organizations have a desire to perform at their maximum capability. Whether it’s in sports or business, working effectively together as a team is critical for the organization’s optimal performance. Creating peak performance teams is therefore an asset to any organization that seeks the achievement of its goals and objectives.
Top Teams Are Clear On Goals
One of the key tasks for a team during the beginning phase, is to be clear about what the team desires to accomplish. The goals should be shared, discussed and embraced by all of its members. Having goals will provide direction for the team and act as a standard for performance evaluation and feedback, regarding the achievement of the organization’s objectives.
Using the SMART approach, the goals should be specific, measurable, action oriented, realistic and timely. When setting measurable and realistic goals, be aware of the tendency to set goals that do not stretch you. On the contrary, the goal(s) should be challenging enough, so that it gets you out of your comfort zone, creating major impact when realized.
Leadership Style Matters
In order to create a peak performance team, there needs to be a team leader. No matter how motivated the group is, there needs to be someone in charge, to facilitate the growth of the team’s members and to ensure that the team stays focus on its goals.
Top performing teams generally have leaders whose style of leadership are more facilitative rather than the outdated leadership style where the leader tells team members what to do (though this may be necessary at times). This new style of leadership involves group members in the decision-making process, which ultimately results in the members taking ownership of the plans being made, as well as of the failure or success of the team.
Keep The line Of Communication Open
Communication is to an organization what blood is to a living being. Like most relationships, breakdown in communication is usually at the core of a team’s inefficiency. One of the challenges in communication today, is the medium with which to share relevant information.
In some organizations, the use of wireless forms of communication is preferred, while in others – such as sports teams – a face-to-face method is preferred. That being said, it is incumbent upon the leader to choose the best method that matches her team’s context or situation, so that the relevant information can be adequately shared, received, understood and acted upon.
Every growing and productive team will at some point in its life-span experience conflict. This is because people are different with varying perspective on the issues being addressed. Conflicts tend to escalate and sabotage the groups performance when the people in the group perceive that the actions taken by others, will have a negative impact on their individual interest.
Leaders can manage conflicts, by taking a collaborative approach. This means bringing everybody to the table, as both the leader and the team search for solutions that are mutually beneficial to all, and that are in sync with the mission and purpose of the organization.
Build Team Cohesion
One of the ways to build peak performance teams is by building cohesion. Cohesion includes both task and social cohesion. Task cohesion involves the process of getting the tasks done and includes members uniting around common goals and the acceptance of assigned roles. Social cohesion on the other hand, is concerned with interpersonal relationships among team members, be it social activities within the office or social activities outdoors.
This sense of unity enables the team to be more productive and efficient in executing its duties. As Bill Taylor puts it, “Players win games, Teams win championships.”
Thank you for reading this article on creating a peak performance team, as you and your team pursue the achievement of your goals. If you have any tips that you would like to add, please feel free to leave a comment below.