Image source by Vojko Kalan
Memo to the new team, 2/23/13:
Raise your hand if you love wasting time on:
- Meaningless drivel.
- Frustrating stagnation.
- Superficial relationships.
- Worthless discussions.
- Trivial decisions.
- Mediocre results.
- Mundane impact.
If wasting time excites you, create dysfunctional teams.
Members of dysfunctional teams:
- Dread meetings.
- Can’t wait for meetings to end.
- Return to meaningful work after meetings.
Functional formation path:
10 high performance factors for teams:
- Buy-in based on acceptable agreement. Go all-in based on 70% or 80% agreement. Express disagreements but leave all reservations in the meeting. When two people agree 100% of the time, one of them isn’t necessary. Waiting for 100% agreement means you’ll always be waiting.
- Individual responsibility. Everyone grabs the rope and pulls. Reject drifting and drifters.
- Honesty. Say what you think clearly, kindly, and respectfully. Going along to get along equals mediocrity.
- Accountability. Ignoring nonperformance guarantees no performance. Avoid dancing around people, it’s dysfunctional.
- Clear, agreed upon patterns for narrowing options and making choices. How will you make decisions?
- Trust. What happens when others are honest?
- Preferred communication channels. Email or phone, for example
- Pursue results. What are you accomplishing? All talking informs doing or its wasted time.
- Create momentum by building on wins. Wins are platforms not easy chairs.
- Ask awkward questions. Dance with elephants before they crush you. Don’t expect perfect answer, however.
High performance is never a gentle accident.
- Follow through.
Above list inspired by, “5 Dysfunctions of a Team.”
How much do you want to matter? High performance teams make you matter more.
Pattrick Lencioni’s pyramid of “5 Dysfunctions of a Team.” (Image source, me)
What team performance factors can you add?