The Dynamics Of High Performing Teams
Higher performing, always improving, more engaged teams.
The world is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Your team’s performance needn’t be.
There are hundreds of ways to develop teams, but in this VUCA world, performance improvements can’t be a when it suits the diary one off training event. It must be consistent, measurable and pragmatic.
We have developed the first fully integrated, multidimensional, adaptable model, methodology and toolkit to support persistent incremental improvements in team performance: The Dynamics of High Performing Teams.
High Performing Teams merit so much focus is because it feels great to be part of one, and they deliver fantastic business results. Being part of a High Performing Team is aspirational, engaging and intensely satisfying.
Despite the clear benefits of getting it right, many team frameworks and models are stuck in the past – they are one dimensional and do not offer an agile and integrated support to managers and their teams who have to deal with increased levels of complexity.
After decades of working with teams on their development and cohesion, our frustration with the lack of a fully integrated approach to provide a practical toolkit for leaders led us to create a framework we call The Dynamics of High Performing Teams.
It combines tried, tested and proven tools with real-world implementation, simple ongoing measurement and feedback, reporting tools, and support. It’s a revolution in how we manage and measure team performance to be happier, stronger, faster and better, and infinitely more useful than a one-off development day.
People are driven by their ‘why’. Get really clear about your team’s purpose and value to the organisation as well as individual team members’ connections to that reason. This is your team’s reason for being and the starting point for everything.
Get absolute clarity about what your team is accountable for delivering, in a way which is easily memorable and visible for the whole team. Align everyone’s objectives and share that with the team. Encourage team working across shared deliverables.
Build the appropriate levels of trust in your team. Ensure diverse opinions and points of view are embraced. Learn to disagree well and overcome conflict as a team.
Ensure that all your routines (meetings, ways of working etc) drive all the other Dynamics and support high performance rather than interfering with it. Know how to make decisions as a team.
As a leader, observe and monitor the team. Be prepared to change working practices fast and to challenge them on their results and added value. Identify and create new practices which will add value and support the creation of meaningful collaboration
The Dynamics of High Performing Teams considers that we start from a volatile, changing environment with little stability and learns from the Agile approach many organisations are using. The first step is to define the Reason – what the team exists for, what its purpose is. However, that is not enough on its own. The team Reason needs to be congruent with the organisation’s goals and also to the individual and what they get from being part of the team. A Reason has no value at all unless it is supported by Results. What will be delivered or be the outcome? Understanding and sharing the individual as well as the team Results ensures clarity, reduces duplication and provides focus for collaboration. Of course, we cannot discuss teams and achieving Results without introducing Relationships. Complex, with multiple layers and considerations, Relationships are not fixed and can change quickly with huge impacts on the team and its performance The Routines which the team adopt for communication, collaboration, support, decision making and so on have a dynamic effect on the Relationships and therefore the Results. Unless these are all reviewed regularly then the impacts may be less than effective and team potential and therefore performance will be reduced.
So, Review of all these aspects becomes the most powerful lever as it allows changes and shifts to be identified quickly and in a timely manner and therefore action can be taken
The Dynamics of High Performing Teams methodology enables other tools and models such as MBTI, DiSC, Insights, etc to be used at appropriate moments with the team. The Dynamics of High Performing Teams provides a continuous process and tools for developing and sustaining teams’ performance.
The Dynamics of High Performing Teams has been successfully adopted in organisations of all scales and industries – as a people-centred approach it is universally effective. You can access it as an individual leader, as part of a larger deployment where organisations have chosen to roll it out and we are also able to certify HR professionals to deliver the programme within their organisations.