In a time where teams are using more and more tools to help them achieve their business objectives why do some teams struggle to reach their full potential? And how do you ensure that they do? At the end of the day it comes down to what kind of Leadership philosophy you adopt as a manager, and how you help teams apply that philosophy. Simply putting people in a group together, pointing them in one direction and expecting them to immediately compile their knowledge to overcome and resolve challenges doesn’t always work out that way in today’s fast moving, cost disciplined workplaces.
It's not just about getting the right people onboard- it's about making sure you have a game plan in place that makes everyone on your team operate at their highest level. If you want to build a team that consistently creates top performers and successful business outcomes, build a team philosophy and culture designed to enable everyone who is part of it to excel.
What is a high performing team?
A High Performance team is one that achieves outstanding results- and they do so by clarifying their strategy, aligning the right processes, structures and systems to that strategy, and by making sure each person feels like a contributing partner in the business.
What are some basic High Performance team principles?
The strategy and direction of the organization are clear to every member, and help guide day-to-day actions and decision making
People are viewed as the organization’s greatest asset. They understand the business, are committed to getting results, and are given the information, skills, resources, and authority to do their jobs. With these resources, they can make decisions, solve problems, and contribute to the business in significant ways.
People are able to govern themselves by adhering and committing to a shared core ideology and guiding principles instead of rigid policies and procedures.
Work is designed around whole business processes rather than narrow job functions, and people are organized into teams responsible for managing a whole and meaningful segment of work.
Work processes and structures are streamlined and systems are aligned to support the strategy and core ideology of the business.
The management role changes from controlling workers and solving day-to-day problems to defining strategy, establishing boundaries, providing resources, and creating an environment in which teams and workers can be effective.
The organization consistently achieves outstanding results.
According to the head of industry at google, the highest-performing teams have one other thing in common: a feeling of psychological safety, or the belief that they won’t be punished when they make a mistake.
They conducted 200+ interviews with their employees of 180+ active Google teams and learned that there are five key dynamics that helped set successful teams apart from other teams at Google:
How can High Performing Teams use TipHive?
TipHive is designed to helps teams answer 5 simple questions: Why, What, How, Who and When. We believe that clarifying those 5 questions are the foundation to creating high performance teams.
TipHive lets you centralize all the information around the Why, What and How in one place. By creating Cards you can quickly share any type of information: text, links, files, images, videos, notes, lists, tables, and more. Easily define roles, processes, specs, activities, templates, best practices, and goals. TipHive helps clarify what the team will do and how things will be done.
Cards are designed for fast sharing and collaboration, and to allow teams to quickly find the information they need. No more 60 page documents! On TipHive you share bite-sized information aimed at moving things forward with speed.
Information is only valuable if you can find it when you need it. Cards are organized with Topics and Subtopics, a flexible organization system that lets team members self-organize information and repurpose it easily. It lets you quickly engage team members to gather all the information around a subject, process or project and dynamically adjust the organization as you go.
TipHive uniquely integrates planning capabilities directly into your information hub with due dates, work estimation, completion percentage and prioritization. It lets you choose different layouts to view your Cards, including views to plan the work. Whether it is to see who is doing what, when something is expected to be completed, what the progress is, or at what step a task is in the workflow - with a simple click you pick the view designed to best give you the information you need and move the work forward.
Combined, these features make sharing and collaborating seamless, empowering any team to act as a self organized and high performing team.