The pressure on teams to perform well in times of rapid change increases drastically. The demands placed on teams to keep a grip on outcome, to continue to function under pressure and the ability to jointly manage a virtuous circle, increases day by day. It’s not enough to promote team spirit, good communication and accountability. It requires a continuous process of adapting, fine-tuning and development.
We also see the trend toward more autonomous, independent teams, because of the promise of agility and creativity that is attributed to this way of organising. Many of the familiar methodologies have fantastic tools and routines that unfortunately are often wrongly used to regain grip on performance. Teams often learn a methodology instead of a new way of working and implement routines without activating people. Thus they ignore their own winning drive and organising principles. By simply adopting a new methodology you only scratch the surface.
High thriving teams deliver meaningful results
In recent years we grappled with the question of what teams need to perform well and, more importantly, how you can help teams to get a grip on their own performance. Regardless of the methodology or way of working. From experience we know that high thriving teams are capable of adapting their course of action based on relevant insights, take control of progress in a positive way and ensure that the right skills are used complementary. These teams develop a positive future-oriented way of working and install winning routines, which help in dealing effectively with their energy. They deliver meaningful results and know that healthy relationships and a psychological safe team environment are the basis for successful collaboration.
High thriving teams score high on team effectiveness
When we coach teams on team effectiveness we look at twelve ingredients that make the difference. We have divided these ingredients into healthy relationships, winning routines and grip on results.
A connected team that is trusting each other, arises from vulnerability, making each other visible and positive solution-oriented communication. Teams that are able to monitor the inner state of the team and act on it, increase the positive flow, the well-being and thus the performance of the team. The four ingredients we look at are:
- Connection: There is sufficient bonding and vulnerability to engage in a conversation about the emotions in the team.
- Talent centered: The team members are able to recognise each other’s talents, appreciate them and use them in a good way.
- Social intelligence: The team members are able to influence the interaction and thus the cooperation in a positive and effective way.
- Solution focus: The team is focussed on coming up with solutions and implement them, especially when the pressure increases.
You do not change behaviour with intentions, but by changing your routines. Because you are what you do every day. A new way of working becomes a habit through repetition and makes the difference in the development and performance of your team. We distinguish four winning routines:
- Personal development: The team members have a routine to gain knowledge and develop the skills necessary to achieve the ambition.
- Living by principles: Team members live by the common values and principles and effectively manage the quality of cooperation.
- Energising meetings: The team directs the positive energy during meetings in an effective way.
- Clear distribution of roles: The team has agreed on a clear distribution of roles and responsibilities are clearly assigned.
Grip on results
Teams that experience grip on results, outperform teams that do not. We have found four aspects that help teams to get and keep a grip on results.
- Collective ambition: The team has a concrete and meaningful ambition in line with the drive of the team.
- Individual goals: Each team member takes personal ownership for part of the team result as well as the overall result.
- Joint approach: The team has an efficient and coordinated approach to achieve the goals.
- Integrated attunement: The team coordinates the tuning process with other teams in order to avoid sub optimisation.
Develop your teams into high thriving teams
We see that teams using these twelve ingredients develop more positive energy, tune in more easily with others, learn faster and more effectively and, finally, increase their drive to deliver meaningful results. We have developed a scan based on the twelve ingredients, so you can assess where you can accelerate the development of your team. If you wish to receive the scan, please let me know, I will share the questions with pleasure.