Establishing The Foundations For High Performance
Teams Need Tools To Succeed
The most valuable firms of today have come to realize that analysing and improving individual workers—employee performance optimization—just isn’t enough. As organisation’s become increasingly global and ever more complex, work is becoming more and more team-based.
One recent study, published in Harvard Business Review, found that “the time spent by managers and employees in collaborative activities has ballooned by 50 percent or more” over the last two decades. Most knowledge workers now spend more than three-quarters of their day communicating with colleagues.
It's all about developing and securing the foundations:
- Culture: To diagnose organisational behaviours and design the future culture, embedding that culture and making it actionable.
- Diversity: Ensuring that all understand how diverse teams give outstanding results.
- Performance: Giving team members the tools they need to understand each other's work styles and setting them up to become effective.
Understanding Your Own Workstyle And Those Of Others
We help you become more aware of your own individual, and your team’s, strengths and competencies. This helps all team members maximise their performance and ultimately, drives business growth. Learn to:
- Explore and identify your individual strengths and personal workstyle.
- Discover your preferred role in a team setting.
- Value the strengths, communication and workstyles of others.
- Develop a common platform and operating language.
Diversity Is Critical
Other research studies show that diverse teams are more successful. Whether teams are making risk or investment decisions, or engaged in a change programme, it’s the creativity and diversity of their ideas—driven by different perspectives, points of view, backgrounds, as well as ways of thinking and working—that improve business performance and results.
Diverse team structures help employees engage in their work, and enables innovation in working practices. However, diversity does not produce better results automatically, through some sort of multicultural magic. Diversity only works if it is managed well.
With a platform and an operating language you and your team can create absolute clarity around goals and expectations. To carry forward strategic plans successfully, you need clear and focused communication with effective two-way dialogue, which in turn helps to build employee confidence and trust. Secondly, with a clear understanding of each other’s strengths and blindspots is much easier to:
- Build balanced, high performing teams.
- Collectively build team purpose.
- Develop leaders and leadership culture.
- Align around a common strategy to achieve business growth.
Team Coaching: Supporting Groups In Transition Helps Them Become Effective
Having established the basis for high-performance, it’s vital to maintain focus and discipline. Inevitably, teams need to build-on their successes and learn from each other. A regular pitstop on the journey can ensure that they maintain momentum and develop their tactics. Helping them to review their work—successes and failures—enables all team members to learn from each other, enabling them to overcome the inevitable speed bumps and challenges:
- Regardless of the outcome, after-action reviews embed key learnings.
- Celebrate and learn from successes.
- Helping team members adjust their future behaviours and actions.
- Adapting what does not work well and co-creating better alternatives.
At Structure Talent, we specialise in helping teams understand and build on their strengths, while identifying potential gaps and developing compensating practices and behaviours. We help teams discover the diversity they already have, and develop a high-performance team culture.