Over the years, exhaustive research has been done on top teams.
There seem to be given characteristics or qualities of
peak-performance teams that you can incorporate into your own
business. Here they are:
Shared Goals and Objectives
In a smoothly functioning team, everyone is clear about what the
team is expected to accomplish. The goals of the team are shared
and discussed by everyone. Each team member gives his or her ideas
and input into how the goals and objectives can be best achieved.
Each person must see and understand how their goals and objectives
align with the larger organizational goals and objectives.
Shared Values and Principles
In excellent teams, there is regular discussion about the values,
principles, and behaviors that guide the decisions of the team. The
leader encourages values such as honesty, openness, punctuality,
responsibility for completing assignments, quality work, and so on.
Everyone discusses and agrees on what they are.
Shared Plans of Action
In this phase of team building, you go around the table and have
each member of the team explain exactly what part of the work he or
she is going to accept responsibility for accomplishing. At the end
of this discussion, each member knows what every other member is
going to be doing and how his or her own work aligns with the goals
of the team.
Lead the Action
There must always be a clear leader in any organization. Democracy
is a fine concept, but it goes only so far in business. Someone
must be in command and take charge. And that someone is probably
you. On a good team, everyone knows who is in charge. The leader
sets an example for the others. The leader becomes the role
Continuous Review and Evaluation
In this final phase, the team regularly evaluates its progress from
two perspectives. First, is the team getting the results that are
expected by its external customers and others in the company
(internal customers)? In dealing with customers, does the team set
up mechanisms to continually ask customers, "how are we
Bringing the Team Together
One of the most important things you do in building a peak
performance organization is to hold regular "state of the nation"
meetings. Bring your people together weekly - minimum monthly, at a
fixed time, to talk, discuss, catch up on progress, learn how the
company is doing, and generally share ideas, opinions, and
Conduct a values clarification exercise with your entire team. Then
mutually agree to live and work by the common values.
from Brian Tracy's "Way to Wealth"
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