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What do High Performance Teams Have in Common?

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Teams, be it sales or distribution are one of the most important entities within an organization because they are instrumental for its success. What do high performance teams have in common that makes them effective?

Committed to a common cause: Strong teams spend time in identifying their purpose –that is, the common objectives that define their existence. They are committed to achieving their common objective and are responsible individually and collectively.

Focused on goals: Strong teams focus on what needs to be achieved. They may debate and disagree on various aspects related to the attainment of a goal but they do not lose sight of the task on hand. With synergy of purpose the team works cohesively to be on track and reach their common objective.

Complement each other’s skills: For teams to be successful, members should have good technical or functional expertise. They need to have good decision making and interpersonal skills. However, it is not possible for every team member to possess all these skills. Strong teams understand individual strengths and complement each other to build on these.

Share interests and core values: Teams that have shared interests and core values are more aligned with each other’s interests and are more likely to meet their objectives than teams whose members have nothing in common. They enjoy being with each other and working as a team.

Possess positive energy: High performance teams possess positive energy and excitement in whatever they do. There is a strong sense of determination which propels them to accomplish their tasks creatively.

High performance team has members who are engaged and involved with their jobs and enable others to do the same. They provide positive reinforcement to each other in order to attain their common goals.

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  • Teams that are trained in personality type understand each other’s strengths and work together more effectively and harmoniously. Personality type training is part of a two-day team skills training that I conduct and without question, each time I conduct this training, the team members attending give rave reviews about the type training and say it is the most valuable to them.

  • Aruna

    That’s quite interesting Pam. What are the aspects you touch upon during the personality type training? It would be interesting to know.