5 Key Steps to Developing a Top-Performing Team
It’s the people that make a business – your clients, your customer, and your employees are ultimately the foundation of your business. Without these people, you don’t have a business.
Are you interested in building a thriving business, with results that everyone can be proud of? A high-performing team is the key element in propelling your business forward. Once you master a high performing team culture, it becomes mostly self-sustaining, and projects your business to new heights.
Here are five keys to developing a top-performing team:
1. Create a Vision, Build Buy-in and Commitment
Create the vision, and live and breathe the vision. Communicating your vision, strategies and goals to your entire team is essential. Collaboration is the key to working towards your vision, as a business owner, or leader you are only as good as the team around you. You have to gain buy-in from your team in relation to the vision. Demonstrate to them how their contribution plays into the vision, show them how to live the vision every day.
Once you have buy-in from your team, everyone will be moving in the same direction, towards the end game.
2. A Powerful Road-Map with Action and Collaboration
Communicate clear strategies and goals. With transparent strategies and goals mapped out for the entire business and an understanding of how particular departments will contribute; individual team members are able to determine the connection between their specific day-to-day responsibilities and the broader, objectives of the business.
3. Create a Customer-Centric Focus and Commitment
You might be wondering how does building a high-performing team have anything to do with the customer. Without your customers, you don’t have a business. Your customers are your business, when you develop a customer centric focus within your business, the responsibility of each team member is evident. Set transparent expectations, outline a specific set of commitments in relation to meeting and exceeding your customer needs. These commitments are the foundations of an authentic team who are empowered and trusted to deliver on the commitments; therefore, you similarly create an opportunity for increased engagement.
4. Develop your People
Organisations that understand the importance of people development and build it into their culture, thrive. Leaders build tribes; they build tribes of people who have mutual admiration for each other and are working towards a common goal. Investing in your team members, is setting them up for success, by mentoring, coaching, investing time and money into their ongoing development, ensure a clear road-map is in place to support them in achieving their goals. Without a leader’s constant encouragement, complacency can quickly infect the team.
Hold review meetings, that access the progress towards the vision and goals. Assess the status of the commitments made by each team member, access the shortfalls and breakdowns and implement strategies and an action plan to ensure the individual is back on track to reach their goals and objectives.
There is a clear connection between the culture within an organisation and its performance.
5. Challenge the Status Quo
Looking beyond ordinary and set the expectation for extraordinary is how high-performance teams excel. Ask for ongoing input, suggestions, and recommendations towards constant improvements and innovation. Developments and innovations will occur when they are seen as possible.
To ensure your business continues to thrive and grow, it is essential that you set your employees up for success. Performance driven teams, celebrate their achievements. Celebrating the wins, no matter how small, drives engagement and leads to success.
Teams with a clear purpose who collaborate drive business results.
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