The Simple Secret of Building a High-Performing Team

Mon, 31. July 2017

It is undoubtedly that teams are an essential part of the business. However, not all teams are created equally; not all teams can perform the same quality and the same outcome.


High-performing teams demonstrate higher level of commitment comparing to the peers and they attain superior and outstanding results. If you want to create better performance for your business, it is of vital importance to build a high-performing team.


Here are the 7 tips of building a high-performing team:


1. Set Ambitious Goal


Setting a goal involves the development of an action plan designed to motivate people towards achieving a goal. A study of Edwin A. Locke has shown that more ambitious goals lead to more performance improvement than easy goals. Consequently, it is better to set ambitious goals. Challenging but attainable goals not only reach performance improvement, but also create greater commitment and motivation towards achieving the goals.


2. Build Trust


Successful teamwork is built on a foundation of trust. Each team member must establish  and cultivate trust through their actions and words in order to build strong collaboration. To receive trust from employees, leaders must first understand no one is perfect and show trust to them, so that they have the confidence and willingness to share their ideas to you. All in all, a two-way trust relationship is the secret of developing high-performing teams.


3. Build Psychological Safety in Your Team


Psychological safety is described as an individual’s perception. It’s about the consequence and the safeness of interpersonal risk taking. A research shows that leaders tend to react negatively to employees who challenge them, even though it is constructive. To build a high-performing team successfully, leaders should uphold the culture of encouraging members to speak out their opinions and ideas, whether positive or negative. Safety is the basic need of a human under Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, they can’t achieve their full potential if “safety” is not fulfilled.


4. Encourage Good Communication Habits


Saying inappropriate things at a wrong time can create awkward moments; asking rude questions can sometimes be offensive; not letting other people speaking out their opinion can undermine teamwork. So, it is important to make sure you have good speech filters to avoid saying something rude while communicating within a team. Put in a nutshell, speak with respect and politeness is the key for you to become a high-performing team member.


5. Daily Communication


It is of course important to communicate politely and with respect within a team. This can be done by both leader and team members. But smart leaders understand their team members and know it’s their team who makes the work succeed. Subsequently, the simple secret for leaders to develop a high-performing team is by communicating daily. It can be just a 20-minutes meeting in the morning where all team members gathered together, explaining tasks they accomplished yesterday, and the task they plan to commit today, as well as challenges they encountered. In short, knowing employees’ progresses and difficulties is necessary to move the ball down the field.


6. Create a Single Cross-Functional Team 


A cross-functional team consists of people with different backgrounds, knowledges and disciplines. High-performing teams can make things happen by combining their respective talents while completing tasks. Pooling people with different skills together in a team can create variety of new insights, which may help a company to obtain outstanding results.


7. Create a Prioritized To-do List


Last but not least, creating a prioritized to-do list can foster the efficiency of a team to perform tasks. Tasks are ranked based on their urgencies and importance towards the business. When a team has a to-do list, they can complete the tasks based on the weightiness. Add on, they can stick with the schedule as well.




Author: Janice Chan

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