Building a strong team can be difficult. The criteria that bring a team together can actually pull it apart. Initiative, expertise, decisiveness, years of experience, a strong point of view and a laser-like focus on results… The employees and leaders on whom you most depend exhibit these qualities. Yet when these talented individuals join forces on a leadership team or a high-profile project team, their personal strengths don’t always mesh effectively to deliver on mission-critical goals. Too often, bad teams happen to high performers. This is why improving team dynamics is important.
Building a strong team depends on a shared mission, vision and values to align their personal interests, harness their collective expertise and focus their individual efforts. They establish clear roles and responsibilities – plus a framework for making decisions and resolving conflicts. Most important, they commit to an environment of trust.
In order to start improving team dynamics, members of high-performance teams:
- Demonstrate a blend of professional expertise and personal credibility
- Hold themselves and each other accountable for the broader impact of their actions, foregoing “turf wars”
- Are skillful, candid communicators, balancing advocacy with openness to others’ ideas
How We Can Help
Our consultants understand what the best teams do differently. They have helped a wide variety of teams achieve increased cohesion, trust, effectiveness and bottom-line results. They will work with you to determine the objectives and scope of a team engagement – and then provide process consulting, group facilitation and/or skill building to deliver the most appropriate outcomes, for example:
- A team charter that aligns with the organization’s strategy and defines the team’s mission, values, and goals
- A team culture based on trust and collaboration to ground team members through inevitable changes in scope, deadlines and resources
- A unique decision-making framework for working together effectively
- Individual action plans and/or coaching engagements for increased effectiveness
- Best practices for increased accountability
- Improved communication and collaboration skills
- Practical applications of emotional intelligence