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10 Tips for Building High Performing Teams
Building high-performing teams is a daunting task. The skills, the knowledge, and the experience may be there but you have to find people who can work together well enough to produce high-quality results. In this blog post, we will share 10 tips for building high-performing teams that are worth considering when hiring team members or structuring your current team to build high-performing teams.
What makes a great team?
A great team is comprised of members who work well together, share common goals and values, respect each other’s strengths & weaknesses, recognize the team is bigger than any one person in it.
Great teams are characterized by high levels of trust; they know that all members depend on each other for success. The most effective teams have great chemistry—a shared sense of purpose, trust, and respect.
A great team is not formed by accident; it takes time to build one. However, there are things you can do as an organizational leader (or manager) to help make the formation of high performing teams more likely for your company or business. Want some tips? Here they are:
- Encourage open communication.
- Set clear expectations.
- Provide the necessary tools for success.
- Give credit where it is due.
Help team members develop themselves professionally and personally, to improve their skills in meeting organizational objectives. These are just a few ideas; what else do you think will help build high performing teams?
Benefits of a high performing teams
Having a high performance team brings many benefits. It is a great way to increase productivity and morale. A high performing team will have members who are passionate about what they do, completely engaged in their work, committed to the mission of your company or organization, and in this way bring added value in all aspects of business lifestyle.
Focusing on developing a high performance teams can improve relationships with the family, friends, and the community. It is also a great way to bring creativity to all aspects of lifestyle. Therefore it will be easier for people who are part of high performing teams to solve problems at work or outside work with more enthusiasm and less stress.
High performance team members take pride in their work which reflects in what they do every day. It will bring more energy to team members and they are also excited about the work that they do.
High performance teams can help you be successful in all your goals, personal or professional ones. Having a high performing team is like having a superpower which makes everything easier for everyone involved with it. That way, people who join these kinds of teams have a great chance to become successful or they can take their team members with them on that journey.
High performance teams are made of people who know how to prioritize, manage time and resources efficiently which brings more success for the company as well. People on high performance teams enjoy what they do because it is not just a regular job but rather something that they are passionate about.
High performing teams have a better chance to be successful in their personal lifestyle especially if the company that they work for is supporting them with flexibility, the balance between family and career goals. Working as part of high performing teams can help people to achieve their potential which makes everyone more productive at work or outside it.
Building a shared mission and shared values
It is important to build a shared mission along with shared values throughout your team. A shared mission promotes team cohesiveness and belonging. This can be achieved by having regular meetings with your team to discuss the direction of the company, working together towards common goals, and understanding everyone’s perspective to make decisions that will positively impact the organization as a whole.
Building high performing teams is easier said than done! It takes a lot of hard work and commitment from everyone involved. In order to build high performing teams, you need to create an environment where team members feel comfortable enough to express their ideas or concerns.
Provide each member with equal opportunity for participation as well as the authority needed to take responsibility for delegation tasks without being questioned by others on your team. It is also important to create an environment of honesty and respect.
Team composition is critical to the success of a company.
Team composition is how the team members are organized for a specific task or project. A team member can be an individual, a group of individuals, or a group or groups of individuals. For example, you can have one person who’s working on the social media accounts for your business, another person who’s doing the graphic design work for your website, and another person who’s responsible for hiring new employees.
A good way to build a high performing team is to make sure that the personalities of team members complement each other. When building a team, it might not be as important as who you hire, but how the different people that you hire work together.
For team members to work well together, they need to have similar skills and personalities. For example, if your manager is a serious person and you’re a more laid-back person, it will be difficult for both of you to balance your workload together. One will tend to do more than their share of all the work and the other may not do anything at all because they don’t want to step on toes or push boundaries. The goal is for everyone on the team to be equal contributors.
When building a team, it’s important to look at not just the skills of your employees, but their personalities too. Use this guide when hiring new people for your business:
- Hire people who are open-minded and creative
- Hire people with self-control
- Hire people with strong listening skills
- Hire people with curiosity, who want to learn new things and are always looking for opportunities to do better.
If the hiring process is not handled correctly or you hire too many employees that don’t compliment each other’s personalities, then your team will be dysfunctional. This means everyone on the team wants to take control of everything they do. They don’t listen to each other and they all have different ideas of how things should be done or what the final product looks like. It’s a good idea for team members to have different skills so they can take on more responsibility, but everyone needs to work together for a company to succeed.
The Diversity Paradox
The diversity paradox is that companies with more diverse teams tend to perform better financially than less diverse ones. This is because bringing together people who think differently can lead to increased creativity, a wider range of perspectives when solving problems, and better problem-solving in general.
However, it’s hard for us humans to get past our initial impressions enough to accept this diversity at first. We tend to gravitate towards people who are like us, and for good reason: we feel comfortable around them. Plus, they’re easy to relate to and can help advance our own skills and positions within the company by giving advice and sharing their knowledge with us.
The key is finding a balance between creating an open environment where everyone feels comfortable being themselves and maintaining a productive work environment.
If your team is accomplishing the goals set out, make sure to celebrate those wins. Don’t let them become mundane or an expectation. Acknowledge the hard work and creativity that went into every success story as it happens.
You can do this in several ways:
- Have a weekly meeting where someone shares what they’re most proud of from their week (and why).
- Go out for drinks after work to celebrate a project launch.
- Organize an exclusive event (like a “thank you” lunch) where the team can thank each other and share what they’re most excited about in their roles within the company.
Be creative, take time to reflect on whether or not there is anything that can be improved, and celebrate the wins.
Ten tips to creating a high performance teams
Being able to put the right mix of people together is an important skill of any team leader and will determine if the team is effective or not. Pick your team wisely!
Working out the way that teams operate
There are different ways that people work and it can be helpful to consider this when you’re working on building high performing teams. Some people like to plan everything in detail well in advance, others prefer to start with a rough idea and develop it as they go along, and some like to do things by trial and error. The best approach is usually a combination of all these methods as everyone has their strengths and weaknesses.
Knowing what skills you need
If you know what skills your team needs then you can more easily match them up with the right people for the job. For example, if you have a project which will require lots of creativity then you need to have team members with lots of creative skills. On the other hand, if your project is very technical then it would be advantageous for there to be one or more team members who are technically minded and can provide specialist knowledge in that area.
Being flexible when working on teams
What works well for some people doesn’t work well for others. It’s important to be flexible when working with other people on teams because not everyone has the same preferences about how they like things done. Find out more about your team members and what makes them tick so that you can design a plan which is suited to their individual needs as much as possible.
Hiring the best people
Having high-quality team members is essential. The last thing you want to do is hire somebody who’s not very good because it will reflect badly on your judgment and can cause problems for both you and other team members. Try to find out more about candidates before hiring them, look at their CV closely, talk with previous employers and get a feel for whether they’d be a good fit.
Being clear about team roles and responsibilities
Each high-performing team needs to have clearly defined tasks that need to be done, as well as who’s responsible for doing them. You might think that if you’re all working on the same project then there isn’t going to be a need for team members to have clearly defined roles and responsibilities but this isn’t the case. Everyone must understand their role concerning other people, otherwise, there can be clashes or misunderstandings which could result in problems later down the line.
Carefully select team members who are passionate about what they do
Some people just go through the motions and don’t care about what they’re doing. These types of team members can be a drain on your resources because not only will their work product reflect this but it’s going to affect other team members as well, especially if you pair them with somebody else who has more drive.
Knowing when to step in and make decisions as a leader
There are times when team members will come up against problems that they can’t solve themselves. In these instances, they need to know that you’re there if they need help, but at the same time, you also have to give people enough space so that they feel empowered to find a solution. If you provide too much guidance then it can stifle their creativity and productivity, whereas if you’re hands-off too much they won’t know where to turn when they need help.
Being able to communicate clearly with your team members
Everyone needs to be on the same page when it comes to communication. If you’re the leader then you need to make sure that team members understand exactly what’s expected of them, and if they have questions or concerns about a certain project then give them ample opportunity to discuss this with you instead of keeping your distance.
Giving constructive feedback on performance
On any given day team members will be performing tasks and projects throughout the day, so there must be a system in place for giving feedback on performance. If team members know what they’re doing well and where they can improve then this makes them more invested in their work because instead of just going through the motions if you provide feedback that helps to identify areas for improvement then they will be more motivated to up their game and do even better next time.
Creating a team that works well together
Before you start trying to create the perfect system for your high-performing team you must know what each person is like, there needs to be an element of trust and respect between everyone, and team members need to know that they can rely on one another when times get tough. If you take the time to find out about your team’s personalities, work styles, and communication preferences then you’ll be much better placed for creating a high-performing environment where everyone works well together.
The importance of continued learning
Continued learning is important for several reasons.
First, it can help you to build upon your expertise in a certain area by extending the knowledge that you already have and applying it to new areas where this knowledge might be applicable.
Second, continued learning allows you to stay current with changes or developments within your chosen field.
And third, continued learning can help you to work through any challenges that you may be experiencing in your current role and how best to resolve them.
Leaning is important to every company because it is the foundation of growth. You can’t build a strong company without learning new things constantly, adding value to your work, and constantly improving processes within the organization.
Continued learning also helps you stay competitive in your field which is extremely important when looking for ways to grow your career or being attractive for recruiters who are always on the lookout for people who are willing to learn new things even when they have already achieved a certain level of success.
Continued learning is important in every profession, not just business.
Doctors need to continue their education through seminars and conferences because it allows them to stay on top of the latest medical information that can help them provide better patient care.
Lawyers need to continue learning about changes in their chosen field, new laws that are being implemented, and the best way to navigate through complex legal cases.
And teachers who want to stay competitive should attend seminars throughout the year so they can learn about different education techniques or how to improve classroom management skills.
Create space for healthy conflict
It’s important to create a space for healthy conflict. If team members are afraid of speaking up about an issue, then it will never be resolved and that can hurt the company in the long run.
- If a problem is not confronted and dealt with quickly, issues could continue to arise down the road which will result in even more problems for your business.
- Acknowledge differences of opinion and encourage team members to speak up about any issues they are experiencing.
- Create a safe space for conflict where everyone can be heard, but also make it clear that some opinions will win out over others based on the strength of their ideas or data behind them.
- Be sure you don’t allow personal feelings to get in the way of resolving issues.
- Make it clear that if you are unable to resolve an issue, then the manager or team member who is not content with their work will need to take care of it once again before moving on.
Always trust your instincts
A leader who can trust their instincts and team members will build a high performing team. This helps the leader to always make decisions based on what is best for the business, not just their personal opinion. At times this may mean making decisions that are unpopular with key stakeholders or even within your own company but it must be done to lead and motivate high performing teams towards success.
Making tough decisions throughout the lifecycle of a company or project can be difficult and stressful for everyone involved. In my experience, most companies require leaders to make these types of decisions that will either benefit the team in the long run or cut some jobs that may not directly affect their department but were necessary to keep costs down and ultimately help grow revenue.
Many team members and leaders may not always agree with these types of decisions but the truth is, they are necessary. It does not mean that you do not care about your team members or their job security and it most certainly isn’t because you don’t value them as a person. These tough decisions must be made in order to ensure that all team members can continue working for the company and contribute towards high performance.
If your instinct tells you that a tough decision is necessary, trust it! If you feel like there’s something wrong with how things are being done or if an opportunity has presented itself to improve profitability then by all means take advantage of it.
Your company will be better for it in the long run and you have nothing to worry about because your team members are high performing individuals who trust that their leader knows what they’re doing when they make tough decisions like these.
In conclusion, high performing teams will inevitably have a few things in common. They’ll be skilled but also humble and they won’t be afraid to work hard because of their sense of self-worth. Leaders should focus on getting the team members to trust each other so that they can take risks and try new approaches without fear or worry about being judged. The best leaders understand how important it is for the team members to know what motivates them individually which leads us to our last point: A high performing team needs an environment where people are highly motivated by intrinsic rewards not extrinsic ones like money or fame.
MySource Solutions is a leading professional outsourcing provider with headquarters located in Kansas City, MO and our operational team located in Cebu, Philippines. Established in 2017, MySource was founded by three veteran executives from the managed services and risk management industries that saw an ever increasing need to support the small business owner by providing crucial back office support services.
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