The performance and acheivement of teams is determined primarily by their group dynamics. A dysfunctional team of Albert Einsteins will usually perform less well on a given task than a functional team of non-Einsteins.
High performing teams are able to:
- Establish and remain focused on clear team and individual objectives, with alignment such that the latter deliver the former.
- Continuously monitor and manage team and individual performance, with action taken in a timely manner to keep overall performance on track.
- Make decisions in an efficient and effective way by using appropriate decision-making practices.
- Manage in-team relationships to ensure that trust is built and maintained, the overall atmosphere is positive, and that tensions are resolved before they become conflicts.
- Coordinate individual and collective activities to achieve high efficiency and effectiveness, with conscious transitions made between different modes or phases (e.g. evaluative, expansive, structuring and reductive; diagnosis, design, delivery and review).
- Harness the power of diversity within the team, with all team members enabled to contribute according to their strengths and abilities.
Working with teams, I use the neuropsychological model that underpins my practice plus the characteristics of high performing teams to evaluate:
- The team’s shared identity and the interrelationship between this and the individual identity of each team member.
- The way in which the team internalises information from its environment, makes meaning from it, and determines how to react.
- The team’s present level of developmental maturity and what’s needed to develop to a greater level of maturity.
- The effectiveness of the team’s current practices within the framework of the characteristics of a high performing team.
To discuss how I might be able to help you and your team, please get in touch using the details in the Contact section.