5 “Make-it-or-Break-It” Characteristics of a Great Team

We know the looks of high-performance teams by the remarkable results they produce and the high levels of satisfaction that is experienced by its members.  But, how many of us know the recipe for cooking up such team?  It’s a simple formula to understand, and like most recipes, the steps are progressive—blending and building on the previous step.  The first step of the process is to check on your ingredients and get a valid measure of how your team is currently performing and where it needs to improve.

How does your team stack up to these measures?

Every Team Wants to Perform, But Not Every Team Is Ready to Do the Hard Work.

Team Development

Some of us can only imagine what a productive, high-functioning team looks and feels like.  Others of us know firsthand of its benefits and wish that we can replicate it with other teams. Those wishes can be realized if the team is ready to do the work. Here are 7 tips for assessing and advancing a team’s readiness for development:

  • Visualize the benefits. There are many upsides to a high performing team.  Like any goal, unless the team has a clear understanding and picture of what it wants to achieve, and why it’s important, it will be a confusing, frustrating, … Continue reading

  • Team Trust: Why are members of my team so guarded and less genuine with one another?

    Team Trust

    At the heart of team trust lies the willingness of people to abandon their pride and their fear and simply be themselves. While this can be a little threatening and uncomfortable at first, ultimately, it becomes liberating for those who are tired of overthinking their actions and managing interpersonal politics at work. There are many reasons why a team might be guarded and less open with one another. Continue reading

    Team Trust: Why its hard for team members to willingly apologize to one another

    Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team

    Acknowledging one’s weaknesses, willingly apologizing, and being genuine with one another are all behavioral examples of team trust – vulnerability-based trust*. In part-one, I offered reasons why it’s difficult for team members to acknowledge their weakness, and what leaders can do to promote greater trust. Here, I’d like to share why team members struggle with apologizing to one another – another key trust-building behavior that is absent often within teams. Continue reading

    Team Trust: why it’s hard for team members to be vulnerable with one another

    When coworkers are open about their weaknesses and admit their mistakes, does it help you trust them more?  Well, it should. Team trust is all about vulnerability.

    We know trust is high when team members acknowledge their weaknesses, willingly apologize, and are unguarded and genuine with one another. Without this type of trust, it’s unlikely that teams will be willing to engage in healthy conflict or commit to decisions. In part one of this three-part series, we’ll take a closer look at why it’s difficult for team members to acknowledge their weakness with one another. In part two, we’ll … Continue reading