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Making Decisions: High-performing Teams Know How to Get Business Done

Teams exist where every issue, problem, or opportunity becomes a matter of dialogue, deliberation, and consensus. That may sound like a positive, but it is not: these teams sink under the weight of decisions that ought to be made autonomously by individual team members. On the other side of the equation, teams exist that are … Continue reading Making Decisions: High-performing Teams Know How to Get Business Done

Strengths & Weaknesses: High-performing Teams Know Each Other Well

Great teams live out of their strengths – and leverage those strengths to shore up their weaknesses. They understand that no single person “has it all,” but that, together, the team can get the job done and do it extraordinarily well. If you have not already done so, we recommend that you take a systematic … Continue reading Strengths & Weaknesses: High-performing Teams Know Each Other Well

Helping Each Other: High-Performing Teams Actively Lend a Hand

One of the messages we deliver in many client meetings is, “Look around the table. Ask yourself, ‘What can I do to help everyone else at this table be a superstar?’” Too often in corporate culture, we focus exclusively on our job, our role, our responsibilities. We never pick our head up to see what … Continue reading Helping Each Other: High-Performing Teams Actively Lend a Hand

Priorities: High-performing Teams Know What Comes First

If your team has twenty or thirty items on its “to do” list, we have one word of advice for you: don’t. Don’t scramble to try to get everything done at once. That is a surefire recipe for increased stress, wasted energy, and missed goals. High-performing teams recognize that to go fast, they have to … Continue reading Priorities: High-performing Teams Know What Comes First

Conflict: High-performing Teams Are Willing to Enter the Ring

When you think about a high-performing team, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not “This is a place where conflict happens.” Most people assume that the absence of conflict makes for a high-performing team. In a twist of irony, the opposite is actually the truth. Patrick Lencioni, in his book The Five … Continue reading Conflict: High-performing Teams Are Willing to Enter the Ring

Understanding Roles: Clarity Is Key for High-Performing Teams

High-performing teams all have this in common: everyone understands each team member’s role. It is so easy to say … and so hard to do. We have found in our work that teams are frequently plagued with problems when it comes to knowing who is supposed to do what. Roles on the team may be … Continue reading Understanding Roles: Clarity Is Key for High-Performing Teams