One of the questions I get asked frequently is, how do you build a high-performing team? Now there is a lot that goes into building a high performance team and there have been many books written on this topic, so we can’t go over all of it today. But there are a few key characteristics and qualities that these high performing teams possess that I would like to go over in today’s video.
The three key qualities that need to be implemented to build a high-performing team are:
1. Know the strengths and weaknesses
2. Make sure you set clear goals and focus on transparency
3. Give and receive regular feedback
In order to have a high performing team it is critical to know your own strengths and weaknesses as well as the strengths and weaknesses of your team members. This will allow you to place people in the right roles and balance each other out in the most efficient way. You don’t want a team full of people not good at organizing or staying focused. You need people who bring different skills to the team so that you all cover each other’s weakest points.
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Which brings us to step two, set clear goals and focus on transparency. You can have the best people in place, you can have a great understanding of everyone’s strengths and weaknesses, and you can have a wonderfully balanced team,but if you don’t have clear set goals it’s hard to move forward. You all have to know what direction you are going in, what milestones to hit along the way, and what to look out for to make sure you are staying on the right course. To know all of this you must have clear goals and transparency around how those goals came to be.
Another crucial part of building a high performing team is giving and receiving regular feedback. It’s not enough to have a conversation once a year about how the team and individuals are doing. In order for everyone to stay on the same page and aim effectively towards the end goal you must have constant and consistent feedback. If someone on your team is doing something very well, let them know that. If someone on your team is struggling, let them know that. And don’t forget to receive feedback from your team as well. What can you be doing better? What are you doing well? How can you help others?
If you can implement these three things, you will see a dramatic increase in the performance of your team.
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