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High Performing Teams  

 
A High Performing Team is a group of people who successfully work together towards a common goal and, with the right balance of support and challenge, achieve outstanding results. Footdown believes High Performing Teams have 
 
(a) a distinctive culture, 
 
(b) are well facilitated by leaders who inspire 
 
(c) trust and confidence. 
 
High Performing Teams are more important than ever in increasingly competitive markets. Footdown provides teams with the tools to ensure higher performance and sustained success. 
 
A High Performing Team creates an environment with it’s own unique sense of identity. It is this collective identity that helps forge relationships critical to the development and growth of an organisation. In many successful teams it has been shown that the relentless pursuit of a ‘higher purpose’ to which members subscribe is important in creating the right culture (performance culture) for success. As Katzenbach and Smith say, the aim must be to create a team where “people’s hearts are in their work”. It is often the un-codified internal culture that determines how things are done, how people behave and what is valued, that helps form the basis of organisational success. 
 
High Performing Teams have great leaders that provide a clear vision, and allow the team the freedom and responsibility to flourish. A study carried out in 2005 found that well facilitated teams increased their productivity by 600%. It is our belief that curiosity and open-mindedness within the senior leadership team drives organisations to increasingly higher levels of achievement, and here the ability to “manage group dynamics” is important in the process of establishing a High Performing Team. 
 
Having an organisation founded on trust enables a greater number and better quality of interactions and general communication between team members. With research having established a positive link between communication frequency and the productivity of an organisation, trust is therefore important in creating a High Performing Team. Trust fosters openness, improves strategic clarity and facilitates constructive criticism from within, promoting the right behaviours to pursue better organisational performance. 
 
As competition in markets becomes fiercer and margins become smaller, the edge over competitors is harder to maintain. This is where effective teamwork makes the difference. The importance of teams within organisations has increased – the number of employees claiming to be members of a team having increased from 51% in 1996, to 84% in 2006. So, working effectively as a team is critical to the process of improving performance. Ultimately, a High Performing Team combines great teamwork with a unique sense of identity, great leadership and a high level of trust between its members. 
 
Footdown’s F/1.1 analytic tool explores teams across seven domains and through three lenses to assess team effectiveness. Exploring in great detail a team’s Performance, Engagement and Culture, the tool rapidly and effectively uncovers the latent strengths and areas that need closer examination. The analytic’s results guarantee the right interventions in the right order are identified, enabling the necessary changes to happen within an organisation, putting High Performing Teams at the centre of its business model. 
 
To learn more about how you can build and maintain a high performing team in your workplace, contact us to arrange an initial phone call discussion to assess your requirements. 
 
 
Sources 
 
1 James Kerr, Legacy. 
2 Katzenbach and Smith, The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High Performance Organisation. 
3 Isaksen & Gaulin, 2005, see link: http://www.cpsb.com/research/communique/featured-articles/Leadership-for-high-performance-teams.pdf 
4 Isaksen, 2000 
5 Reagan & Zuckerman, Networks, Diversity, and Productivity: The Social Capital of Corporate R&D Teams, [2001 Carnegie Mellon University] 
6 Jesse Lyn Stoner, Benchmarks of Team Excellence, HRDQ