How to Build (and Keep) a High-Performance Team

There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team.’ There is a me, though, if you jumble it up.” Dr. Greg House, from TV’s House
Are you someone who often thinks you have to “do it all themselves?” Without doubt, it’s been part of my experience – as an employee, a mom and now as an entrepreneur.   Do these sound familiar?

  • ​“No one can do this as well as I can.”
  • “It’s easier to just do it myself than to explain how to someone else.”
  • “I don’t have time to train anybody.”

To be successful and to keep our sanity we need to be interdependent. This translates to being able to ask for help and delegate tasks—before becoming exhausted or resentful!  Yes, this is a skill that I continue to develop.

What’s in a Team?
A team is basically a group of people with complementary skills who are mutually committed to working together toward a common goal with shared rewards. To me this is also true and adaptable for families…what do you think?

Effective Leaders (Parents, Partners…) Must…

  • Give clear tasks and goals.
  • Ensure that the team has the necessary support, resources, structure and training to do their jobs.
  • Communicate. Better to have the information and not need it than to need it and not have it (including time-frames and timely, constructive and consistent feedback).
  • Promote problem-solving.  How? By seeing mistakes as opportunities (and encouraging the team to do the same). Instead of hiding mistakes, people become proactive.

How to keep your team invested in moving towards success:

  • Offer challenging work and opportunities for learning. This gives others a chance to grow into new roles and encourages responsibility.
  • Offer freedom and independence in the decision-making process to encourage self-empowerment.
  • Recognize the contribution of others. Noticing and acknowledging the effort of each person is a way to ensure team success. Remember, no one does it alone.

Finding the right team is not about finding the perfect team, and it doesn’t guarantee success. Team members—colleagues, employees, partners and children need consistent and ongoing support.  Remember, nurturing a team (even a little) achieves better performance and better results.  How are you doing in accessing and nurturing your team?

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