Success sets itself apart, but how do you define what it is that puts you over the top?
Of all the things your company has to offer, your people might be your most valuable asset. Think about it: no matter what item, service or product your business is known for, every single one of those things, bar none, relies on a person (or people) to execute it to its greatest advantage.
The wrong people can devalue your assets. The right people can elevate them to new heights, converting your company’s mission and vision into reality before your very eyes. Placing the right people in the right positions can help to deliver this as a tangible result.
High-performing teams have a few things in common:
1. They share a purpose
Teams work better when they are focused on the shared vision. To this end, the short-term objectives are as important as the long-term goals. Aligning these goals ultimately gives the entire team a horizon to look towards, even if their methodologies and the jobs they are doing are very different.
2. They inspire each other
You don’t have to be a leader to provide inspiration to others. Leading by example is a way to inspire others, as innovation and imagination require nothing further than a desire to further the collective cause. Solving problems that make life easier for your team is a sure way to inspire others to take up the cause or redouble their efforts towards the goal.
3. They communicate intentionally
Being able to listen and take direction is not a talent everybody is born with. When a team is able to communicate well, they share ideas freely for the betterment of all. They are able to voice their ideas, receive feedback, and support others in communicating their thoughts. When this connection is active, it is what drives innovation and teamwork.
4. They trust each other
If team members don’t trust each other, “teamwork” is non-existent. Much like any interpersonal relationship, trust is often built through vulnerability. Team members should be allowed to feel vulnerable with each other, as it encourages them to be open to others’ needs and to provide support to them when appropriate.
5. They view conflict as a positive thing
Every team dynamic will experience conflict once in a while. If we understand that the purpose of conflict is to yield a solution, then we can view conflict in a positive light and go on to find the best possible resolution in the shortest amount of time. It is up to the team’s leadership to shape the conflict-resolution dynamic.
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