All of us work in teams for most of our worklife. Team work and performance is practically ubiquitous and all-pervasive. If the team is high-performing and cohesive, it is a real pleasure to work in that team. However, some teams just don’t work. So, what should we keep in mind when building and nurturing high performance teams?
A white paper from Polycom talks about the six considerations for nurturing high-performance teams. Those of us who have worked in high-performing teams have experienced the joy of efficient work results, such as reducing time-to-market, cutting out unnecessary processes and costs, and building better products for our customers.
While building an innovative team is a time-consuming endeavour, it results in increased Return on Investment (ROI) from top line revenue to bottom line savings.
So, here are the six considerations to nurture high-performing teams
1) Encouraging innovation: In order to successfully innovate, you need to understand your core competence. This will help you decide where to invest in innovation. This will in turn, help your teams focus on process, product, or business model design. Organisations should support your teams by helping to identify where the organisational strengths exist that will accelerate innovation.
2) Fostering the right environment: High performance teams are more likely to innovate if there is a tolerance for mistakes. In fact, failure can teach more than success. Organisations should push high-performance teams to learn from their mistakes, adjust quickly and try again. A culture of tolerance and learning is essential to nurture high-performance teams.
3) Identifying high-performers in your organisation: Organisations should determine who in the organisation is likely to be an asset to a high-performance team. Some of the traits that these individuals embody are: critical thinking; an interest in learning and examining problems from multiple perspectives; an interest in iteration and constantly trying and testing improvements; participation in richly connected social networks, and a lot of patience with tolerance for uncertainty.
4) Bringing innovators together through collaboration technology: High performers work best when surrounded by those who complement their innovative thinking. Using technology such as video communication makes it exponentially easier for teams to collaborate with each other and access knowledge from elsewhere. Using video communication you can effectively “be there” and understand body language, facial expressions and so on. Using this technology you can effectively communicate with your global colleagues as well.
5) Setting up processes for efficient knowledge management: You need to collect, access, and manage knowledge in ways that help teams learn and improve. High-performance teams will generate new Intellectual Property (IP) by learning from mistakes, making new discoveries and recombining existing solutions in new ways. Technology works to make all of this easier.
6) Capturing, managing, sharing and applying knowledge: The ability to capture, manage, share and apply knowledge about innovation helps deliver significant value. Video collaboration helps to record and gather knowledge and capture interactions and discussions, as well as the context behind each innovative idea.
Most innovative ideas have come from high-performance teams, and this has very little to do with luck. If you follow these steps, chances are you’ll form your very own high-performance team that will come up with ideas that improve processes, foster creativity, and innovate effectively. Here’s to a high-performance team!
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(Content courtesy: www.polycom.com and images courtesy: www.polycom.com and www.telepresenceoptions.com)