Team Working Skills

How to create high performing teams

Working as part of a team can be an incredibly rewarding and motivating experience, especially when the team is highly efficient and collaborative. Accepting that challenges will arise and knowing what you are made of can help boost your own team contribution. Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment in the face of adversity. So, how can you build and develop a high performing team?

 

The Challenge

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It’s often expected that people who are excellent technically must also be good at working together.

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Assumptions about roles, responsibilities and abilities are usually the cause of dysfunctional teams.

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Ineffective communication within teams wastes huge amounts of time and resource

How we can help

Our psychometric assessments and solutions allow you to gain a deeper understanding of how your team behaves, which will help create an environment of understanding and enable effective team working skills that satisfy the preferences of all team members. Completing a team audit provides clarity around a team’s strengths, limitations, the role each team member plays, how they will react to change and any potential conflict. We also offer a range of inhouse training workshops, specifically designed to enhance team performance by developing their soft skills.

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How we can help

Don’t take communication for granted

Focusing on improving team communication skills will increase employee motivation, productivity and profitability.

The foundation of a successful team is trust

Without trust, teams can’t move forwards due to fear of conflict and a lack of commitment.

Feedback is a gift

360 feedback is essential in helping to identify strengths and areas for development and understanding how behaviour is perceived across the team.

Whether a team is newly formed or has been working together for a while, if they’re demonstrating unhealthy behaviours it’s time for them to press the ‘reset’ button and learn some team working skills.

Conflicts between individuals and assumptions about roles, responsibilities and abilities are often the cause of dysfunctional teams. This lack of clarity breeds mistrust, which is the undoing of a successful goal achievement for any team.

There is often also a corporate assumption that people who are excellent technically must also be good at working together. This assumption is proven incorrect time after time. There's no question of the importance of having a team with the hard skills and knowledge required to do the job, but behaviour is a critical element that also needs to be considered.

Uncovering the behavioural and emotional preferences of individuals will empower teams to come to their own conclusions of how best to communicate, how to motivate employees and ultimately how to develop team working skills that will have the greatest positive influence on performance. A commitment to making individual and team improvements and changes that enhance performance and capitalise on strengths, will ensure your team is consistently working together as effectively and efficiently as possible. Re-visit these commitments as often as you need to. As situations and targets change, update and reconsider what your team needs to do to keep the momentum going.

When team members work well together, there is little they cannot accomplish. Make sure you're looking at the bigger picture when it comes to your teams and increase your chances of developing a high performing team.

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