Anyone can create a high performance team, but there are some rules.
Teams around the world have realised their full potential utilising the five rules, they are:
Get Your House Order is a metaphor for creating a holistic strategy that will align individuals with a common goal. They will identify with results, processes, behaviours and image required for success. These four areas are linked to groups of behavioural types that will help avoid strategic bias. It ensures that a team is dynamic and driving the right behaviours conducive for high performance. This is achieved through facilitated workshops lasting 1-3 days.
This concept is nothing new. Coaching is an integral part of creating a high performance team. However society is changing and coaching and facilitation skills are essential for getting the best out of Generation Y (born 1977-1997). I have learned how to get the best out of Gen Y. Businesses need to challenge their assumptions about Gen Y and ask themselves what they can change about themselves rather than how to change Gen Y. Trying to force a new generation to think in a different way will only be met with frustration on both sides. Don’t be surprised if a fresh grad in your business tries to arrange a meeting with your CEO to discuss the future of the business. Generation Y have ideas and they want to be heard. Leaders today require advanced coaching and facilitation skills to engage their people.
Leaders need to create time to think, they need time to strategise and continually improve their own performance and the performance of their team. Often due to their ego and lack of trust they are unable to let go. ‘Making yourself redundant’ is based on the idea that leadership is shared amongst a team and every member plays the role in the decision-making. It assumes that when the parts form a whole it creates behaviour of its own. The more joined up thinking and single organising thought the team has the more effective it will be. To implement shared leadership successfully, it will require huge amounts of trust from the leader, patience and strong facilitation skills.
Leaders need to create a ‘mist free’ environment for their people to thrive. The aim is create a relaxed and focused mentality. Mistakes happen, it proves that people are stretching themselves and getting outside their comfort zone. When people make mistakes, they learn if they learn they get better and if they get better the performance of the team will improve. I’m not suggesting that a team lowers its standards. What I am encouraging is an environment where people feel relaxed and accepting failure is a possibility. A relaxed and focused team will perform better than stressed and distracted team, certainly in the long run.