If you want to build a high-performance team at the top, you’ve got to have managers who are professionally close. The big mistake many companies make is to dream-up “team” activities meant to bring key managers together in a personal way — going bowling together or having social outings. There’s nothing wrong with doing those activities, but they won’t create a high-performance team. Here’s what will:
- The members must have as a key goal, creating a high-performance team.
- They have to experience productive conflict, where they worked through differences to find a solution to a problem or a clear direction forward.
- They have to agree on priorities and be aligned with them.
- They have to have healthy respect for what each other brings to the group.
- They have to personally encourage each other, and have high expectations for each other.
- They have to challenge each other to continually raise the bar in terms of their own professional development. No high performance team can exist with one or more participants standing.
© Copyright 2016 Bob Legge
Bob Legge provides organizations with the ability to exceed their most ambitious goals. I work with leaders of Fortune 500 companies, small and mid-size companies, nonprofits, education, and government. Together, we drive strategy, lead successful change, develop high performance cultures, improve individual and organizational performance, and produce faster, sustainable growth and value. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org