Unleash the power of team

The difference between a good team and a great team.

The difference between a good team and a great team.

The business dictionary describes the true definition of a team as:

 “A team becomes more than just a collection of people when a strong sense of mutual commitment create synergy, thus generating performance greater than the sum of the performance of its individual members.”

It is this idea of mutuality, where something is shared and we are all in it together, that creates the true definition of team. It is a collection of people, who have a profound sense of belonging and commitment to each other and their larger goal or reason for being.

So, what’s at the heart of every great team?

Simply – it is a fundamental need to belong. It is about the shared experience of all working towards a common goal that has meaning and purpose. To belong, you want to know that you can trust the people you work with to do the right thing, to say the right thing (including managing conflict constructively) and, of course, back you if you make a mistake.

Good vs Great

  • A good team relies on a crisis and will be unable to sustain a sense of belonging without one. A great team sets about deliberately creating the conditions for genuine belonging to occur and cements this through a higher purpose, inspirational goals and values.
  • A good team doesn’t address issues of fear or safety – but a great team gets to the heart of it and takes time to explore these areas and how to create safety.
  • A good team may have a set of values - but a great team will explore how to bring these to life and create safety when people don’t live them.

So how do you create the foundations of a great, high performing team? Here’s five simple steps to greatness:

  1. Gain insight into your leadership and how you can inspire energy and greatness in your team.
  2. Create a future vision of greatness, compiling all the learnings and insights the team members have about what makes a great team.
  3. Pair up team members to discuss belonging and explore what are the conditions for true belonging to occur in the team and how might belonging be missing right now.
  4. Explore ideas for how belonging might be accomplished. Get creative and explore outside the boundaries of what you know by assuming you are a team out to solve a problem for humanity.
  5. Put a roadmap together to explore concepts and rotate team leadership, ideally every fortnight for 1-2 hours.

Great teams don’t just exist together, they belong. Take your team on a journey to greatness by exploring these concepts and you’ll be amazed at how much more productive, happier and inspired the team will be.

Want to find out if your team is a good team or a great team? Take our free Team Assessment today. 

Sarah Friis is an author, facilitator and mentor of high performance teams. She has recently published “The Power of Team– A practical guide to breakthrough performance”. Sarah has a Masters in Psychology and is co-founder of The Performance Team, a leading New Zealand consultancy dedicated to unleashing the power of team. www.theperformanceteam.co.nz