Teams are complex because they’re made up of a number of people, and people are complicated, unpredictable and quirky. To achieve high performance, it’s not enough to just focus on building the relationships in a team, you also need to look at why the team exists in the first place, what the team is accountable for delivering and how it operates on a day to day basis. There are 5 Dynamics that research shows provides the foundation for a high performing team:
- Reason – the team’s purpose and how each individual in the team connects their own personal “why” to that purpose
- Results – what the team is accountable for delivering
- Relationships – how the team interacts with each other, makes decisions, creates psychological safety and overcomes conflicts
- Routines – how the team works together on a day to day basis
- Review – how the team constantly reviews everything for continuous improvement
We call them The 5 Dynamics of High Performing Teams.
So now you know what a team needs in order to be successful, how do you work out where your team is right now against each of these 5 Dynamics? At this stage, we would recommend a team initiates a team diagnostic. The team assesses itself against each of the 5 Dynamics and the results are anonymised to ensure that team members can be honest with their feedback. Questions are rated out of 5 and a collective score for each Dynamic is created. The scores the manager gives can be seen in comparison to those of the rest of the team, together with a combined score.
This information gives the team fabulous insights into how their team is doing right now and where they should prioritise their efforts for developing the team in the future. Without it, the team may be shooting in the dark or just focusing on one area rather than all 5 Dynamics.
Teams who are very analytical love having something concrete to refer to and to track over time and we would recommend that the team re-runs the diagnostic every 3 months to see how things are going.
Of course, analysis on its own is not enough and teams need to actually do something different in order to see results, so the diagnostic is most powerful when combined with a team coaching process. Teams can then work on the areas which have the biggest gaps and extend their strengths to be even more effective.
For more information about The 5 Dynamics of High Performing Teams or Team Coaching, please contact us.