How to build a high performing team

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” - Henry Ford

A high-performance team is a group of highly skilled people who focus on achieving a common business goal. The team strive for excellence and have shared values and vision, working towards a common objective.

A highly effective team is innovative in problem-solving and displays an elevated level of communication and collaboration, delivering consistent and superior results. Each team member accepts accountability for their own workload and actions.

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Key ingredients to build a high-performing team


Set clear goals

High-performing teams are aligned in their focus, objectives, and priorities. Setting team and individual goals that support this shared vision so that their work drives achievement is critical to their success. Goals are not only set out, but they are clearly defined with step-by-step actions, so everyone knows exactly what they need to do and how to get there.


Understanding how they fit in with the business goals

When your team understand how their job role fits in with the overall goals and mission of the business, they will be more involved and productive. High-performing teams know why they are there, what position they play and will work together to support the shared vision, benefitting your business.


Implement clearly defined roles and responsibilities

Defining each team members role and responsibilities will reduce unnecessary conflict between your team. Preventing confusion over who will have project ownership will keep the workflow and deadlines running smoothly and everyone will have accountability for the position they hold.


Communicating clearly

Failing communication within a team will cause conflict and their performances will suffer. High-performing teams set clear expectations and means for communication, so everyone knows when, how and who they need to communicate with. Conflict can be a normal occurrence, but a high-performing team knows how to deal with it in a healthy and respectful way that does not create more difficulties for them or the business.

“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” – H.E. Luccock


Managing work and targets built on priorities

High-performing teams focus on what is important and spend their time accordingly. They understand that not all work has equal importance or urgency. They will manage the projects based on what tasks have the highest priority and highest impact within the business. This keeps work aligned with business goals and makes sure everyone is focused on the work that drives growth.


Trust and respect

The amount of collaboration and teamwork needed for high achievement within the business depends on the trust and mutual respect they have for each other. High-performing teams value each other and trust each person to do their job, leading to an elevated level of accomplishments. They appreciate diversity of thought and experience and acknowledge those differences will make them stronger. This allows your team to: 1 - Bring 100% to the job, 2 - Take risks, 3 - Openly share ideas, 4 - Innovate together  , 5 - Feel empowered


Celebrate successes

High-performing teams know that the success achieved is from a team effort. Celebrating wins together and showing appreciation for each other’s contributions. Taking these opportunities helps everyone in the team feel valued and builds a strong culture of collaboration.


Continuous learning

High-performing teams appreciate feedback and will learn from their mistakes, allowing them to learn and grow within themselves and the business. Encouraging employee development and continuous learning drives growth and keeps the team striving for higher achievement.

In summary

High performing teams are essential to enable your business to thrive in today’s competitive landscape. But building a high performing team is not a matter of chance. Developing such teams involves establishing strengths and grouping people who work well together and complement each other’s talents, skills, and attributes to create an aligned team that works consistently towards meeting challenges and business goals.

This may seem like a formidable exercise, but the payoffs far outweigh the amount of effort invested. If you would like to discuss how you can build a high-performing team that provides the structure for future growth in your business, book a free coaching session with one of our certified Business Growth Specialists and see how to unlock the potential in your team.

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