Working in Teams
High performance teams don’t just happen…they are developed; a first step to ensuring your team is on the path to high performance is to ask your team to consider what behaviours are required for them to pull together and perform at their best. In identifying the behaviours that drive team performance as well as those that hinder team performance, team members become more aware of how their behaviour is affecting the team.
1. Set aside 20 to 30 minutes at your next team meeting for this activity.
2. Make copies of the handout on the following page (one per team member)
1. Introduce the activity by sharing its purpose: The purpose of this activity is to ensure your team members are all on the same page with respect to the behaviours that are absolutely essential for the team to perform at its best. This exercise provides your team members with the opportunity to identify what they think the team needs to do more of in order to improve their teamwork and ultimately their performance.
2. Distribute the handout on the following page and ask your team members to list all of the behaviours they feel both drive teamwork forward and hinder team effectiveness. (Provide 3 to 5 minutes).
3. Generate discussion – ask team members to share their feedback with the larger group and capture their responses on the flip chart. Start with the driving behaviours first. Allow a total of 10 minutes.
4. From the list of Driving Behaviours, ask the team to identify the 3 behaviours they feel theteam needs to focus more on in order to be an even better team. Ask the team to commit to living up to these behaviours.
5. From the list of Hindering Behaviours, ask the team to identify the 3 behaviours they feel the team must do a better job of avoiding. Ask the team to commit to managing these behaviours more effectively.
6. Follow up with the team again in 4 weeks to determine how well they feel they`re living up to their commitments. (Tip – keep the lists of behaviours and revisit them in 4 weeks to identify another set of behaviours the team can focus on to continue to improve).