If you really took the time to think about it – to write it down – you would be amazed at how much work you do that someone else should have been taking care of. Its the nature of a bloated organizational structure of silos and “functional teams”.
In today’s organizations, true success will be dependent on effective teamwork. According to a recent Thrive research study, 79% of people work in a team setting on a daily basis. Another 13% of you work in a team setting at least once or twice a week. Odds are that teams exist in your organization and, if you are a manager, you most likely are responsible for leading at least one team. These are one of the most misunderstood structures, and because of this misunderstanding they are often not used to their potential. Teams will provide organizations with a leaner structure and significantly increased capacity if they are developed and used effectively. A well structured team will always accomplish more than an individual on their own. This is one of the reasons that managers must drop the notion of “management” and become leaders and coaches. It is not enough to organize people into a group on a chart. High performing teams have very significant traits, and these traits are what increase their capacity.
High performing teams have a level of trust amongst members that allows work to happen. If you want a team to allow for greater capacity, there must be a high level of trust amongst members.
Great teams have chemistry. They work well together – dare I say they actually like each other. Can you force someone to work on a functional team? Sure you can. If you want that team to actually accomplish anything, I suggest you weed out those who don’t gel with the team.
3. Success Focused
High performing teams have a common goal valued by the entire team. This shared vision is what creates the capacity. Less management and direction is needed when team members are working towards a shared vision of success. Make sure the team defines success and gets on board.
4. Clear roles and accountability
Sometimes we shy away from accountability. No one really likes that word, but accountability creates capacity and trust. High performing teams understand who is responsible for what, and when it needs to be completed. When team members hit deadlines and support the team, then trust is built and things are accomplished. Capacity increases and workload decreases. Your teams will never be high performing without accountability and clear role assignments.
Great teams understand and capitalize on momentum. They build sustained success, one project at a time. Great coaches and leaders understand this as well, and make sure they clear the way when momentum is building. Momentum, again, is an incredible way to increase capacity and drive results.
Organizations that effectively implement and structure teams will gain a significant and coveted advantage: increased capacity. We can always accomplish more in a high performing team than we can on our own.
Think back to the high performing teams that you have been apart of. What made them great? Why was it performing at a high level? Did it accomplish more than the sum of its parts?