One day to Build your High Performing Team

SkyeTeam Morag Barrett Leadership Development

If you want to improve your high performance team by this time tomorrow then here’s your hour-by-hour schedule to build your team in one day

Hour 1: Remind yourself of what a team is: a group of people who are committed to the same end. Ensure your team are on the same page with regards to the goals to be achieved and the definition of success.

Hour 2: Establish the ground rules before you do anything else. Base them on what’s important to each team member. If you’re not the team leader, then recommend to the group that you create those rules at your first meeting. One rule should be that they apply to everyone i.e. “We talk to each other, not about each other”

Hour 3: Remind yourself of your role in the team – It’s not about you. It’s about us.

Hour 4: Take a genuine interest in everyone on the team. Find out their story, how they got to where they are today. You may learn something new that can help the whole team succeed.

Hour 5: Assume that everyone else on team is more qualified to do their jobs than you are to do yours. It helps keep you learning and egos in check.

Hour 6: Make a list of things that you can do to support your colleagues; then review it every day and add to it as you think of more things. Oh, and don’t forget to DO the things you identify.

Hour 7: Think about how you can support the team leader. Record your ideas. Review this list every day. Apply the ideas every day.

Hour 8: If you’re the team leader, then think about how you can support everyone on your team. Provide coaching, feedback, opportunities to learn and grow.

Hour 9: If you’re the team leader, then listen to the preferences each team member has for the work they’ll do as a team. Enable each person to thrive; to be, and contribute, their best.

Hour 10: If you’re the team leader, then make sure that everyone understands and can commit to your decisions.

Hour 11: If you’re the team leader, then look for ways to make everyone else in the team the team leader for his or her area of expertise, no matter how small.

Hour 12: Recognize that you don’t know it all, even if everyone else thinks you do. You will probably learn as much or more as anyone else.

Hour 13: Concentrate on fulfilling your responsibilities. In other words, mind your own business. One of the most divisive things you can do is to make someone else feel that you want to take over his or her job.

Hour 14: Don’t allow yourself to withdraw from the team because things aren’t working out the way you think they should. High performance is easy on the good days, it’s how the team pulls together, how the team leader leads on the tough days that differentiates the average team from the truly high performing team.

Hour 15: Make sure that you understand who are the team’s customers and key stakeholders are. Actively manage the team’s reputation.

Hour 16: Make sure that you know when you’re supposed to deliver, each step of the way, and then meet your deadlines.

Hour 17: Do whatever you can to help your colleagues to meet their deadlines.

Hour 18: Concentrate on building Ally relationships with everyone on the team and key stakeholders. Ally relationships have your back, celebrate your successes and provide the tough feedback when needed to help you learn and grow.

Hour 19: Communicate with everyone, not just the team leader. If you don’t share what you know, then you’re not a team player. You’re just an individual who wants to impress someone with how much more you know that anyone else.

Hour 20: If you’re the team leader, then make sure that you participate in the same additional training or development that you expect everyone else to attend. Be a role model.

Hour 21: If you’re the team leader, then don’t just focus on results, pay attention to how the results are achieved. Give people the freedom to work according to their personal style, develop a team culture that is focused on mutual success.

Hour 22: Respect your colleagues. They have as much right to be on the team as you do, whether you picked them or not.

Hour 23: Action and accountability are key. Set the ground rules and hold yourself and others accountable for demonstrating them unfailingly. No bad apples. No results at the cost of team relationships. You succeed or fail together.

Hour 24: Celebrate your success together. Do something that you all enjoy. It’s the ideal way to complete a project.

For the sake of your sanity (and that of your team) you may want to spread these tips over 24 days rather than 24 hours. However you get the intent. High Performance Teams don’t occur by accident, they are the result of deliberate action by the team leader and team members. What is your commitment to action?