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Leading High Performance Teams: Avoiding Team Dysfunctions

Is your team operating at maximum efficiency like a high performance engine? Or is it sputtering and choking, burning excessive resources and polluting the workplace?

According to Mehrdad Baghai and James Quigley in their new book The Power of ‘As One,’ “Whether as a team of five or a team of 50,000, the aspiration to work as one is the timeless leadership challenge.”

But despite 30 years of emphasis on teams and teamwork, most organizations still find it difficult to get people to work together effectively on behalf of the customers and the Company.  High performance teams create a sense of excitement, passion, action, and achievement. Dysfunctional teams seem blanketed by a mood of resentment, petty bickering, and pessimism. They are stuck at a level of mediocre or barely adequate performance.

Leaders of high performance teams are responsible for diagnosing the issues, helping the team learn to work through its issues, and building a cohesive, committed, and high-achieving team. Team leaders must be skilled at diagnosing, building, rebuilding, and maintaining teams and team work.  Skilled team leaders help you achieve important benefits:

  • Improved overall performance, even stellar performance
  • Less time wasted with unproductive conflict
  • Retention of talent through greater engagement
  • More creative solutions to problems through productive collaboration in the workplace
  • Greater alignment with corporate goals and values; clear roles and responsibilities
  • Greater sharing of critical information

Leading High Performance Teams Training highlights:

  • The business case for high performance teams – the negative impact of team dysfunctions, and the positive impact of high-performance teams
  • How to diagnose and assess your team’s health and vitality
  • How to drive out ambiguity: clear goals, clear roles, clear accountabilities
  • How to build consensus on a set of team operational agreements
  • How to stay aligned with corporate goals
  • How to foster group accountability
  • How to use conflict as a constructive tool
  • How to build group cohesiveness and solid working relationships; clarifying interdependencies
  • How to build in team self-management: peer reviews and feedback; periodic team assessments; openness
  • How to foster trust as a foundational element of the team operation

Leading High Performance Teams Methodology

Participants in Leading High Performance Teams spend most of their workshop time in practical customized exercises, case studies, and team simulations. They complete personality profiles and team role/team work profiles, as well as the TKI Conflict Style assessment and receive feedback and coaching in the workshop. Pre-reading: The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team.

Leading High Performance Teams Customized Solutions

To ensure that training is not just an “event,” but instead produces enduring results, we customize Leading High Performance Teams to fit your unique situation, business strategy, culture, and people.  After discussion with you and other experts within your organization, we select the emphasis, specific skills to be developed, key learning points, exercises, and case studies for practice to create a solution tailored just for you.

NOTE: This training can also be customized for an intact team to help them become a High Performance Team and avoid the team dysfunctions that keep them from being successful. Please contact us for details.

Leading High Performance Teams Applications

The following are some of the ways our clients have used custom versions of Leading High Performance Teams:

  • To support leaders in building high-performance teams and improved performance
  • To equip leaders to turn dysfunctional teams into high-performance teams
  • To strengthen teams’ ability to work with other teams in a matrixed organization
  • To build the team when there is a change in leadership
  • To discover latent leadership among team members

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