3 Steps to turn your team into a high-performance team
Posted by Tania
Do you want to help your team become a high-performance team? It's not easy, but with consistency and coherence, you will achieve it. I present to you some fundamental steps to achieve this:
1. What is the Starting Point and the Current Situation?
Conduct a detailed analysis of your team's current state. Establish key questions and engage in one-on-one conversations with each team member, focusing on active listening without judgments or opinions. Make sure to conclude the analysis with a summary of the main issues detected, both at the team and organizational levels.
2. What is the Destination Point for Our Team?
Often, we have abstract ideas in mind and struggle to bring them into reality. How should that ideal high-performance team you aspire to behave? What would be its environment and way of working?
Define and document the expectations and desired outcomes.
3. How Will We Get from the Starting Point to the Destination Point?
Once you have clear objectives for your team, it's time to get to work. Share the issues detected with the team and facilitate communication in a meeting or workshop so that possible solutions emerge from the team members themselves. Often, you know what you should do in your life, but you don't get around to doing it. The same applies to the team. ;-)
Depending on the challenges the team must face, you may need several work sessions. Therefore, schedule and facilitate the necessary meetings to define action points and agreed-upon commitments. Remember to assign responsibilities and deadlines for the actions to be implemented.
Keep track of the agreed-upon actions through retrospectives. In the realm of agility, retrospectives are ceremonies used for teams to reflect on their way of working and promote continuous improvement. It's an excellent practice for any work team (or individual) as it involves reviewing a period and reflecting on what has gone well (celebrating successes) and what can be improved, establishing actions and commitments at the end of the session. If you're not using them, give them a try, and you'll see!
Finally, remember the importance of measuring and formulating objectives accurately. All teams can measure their performance, and if objectives don't have clear indicators (KPIs), we won't be aware of real progress, which could lead to frustration and failure.
Now, it's time to get to work. With clear objectives, a solid purpose, and good guidance, your team will take off! Enjoy the journey!