accel5 | Howard Guttman | March 19, 2021
Whether you are a team leader or team member and whether you play in that rarefied air at the top of a company or somewhere down the line, this is a good time to pause for a reality check: Is your team a power-on, high-performance entity?
The term “high-performance team” is one of those weasel phrases that triggers lots of breezy theorizing and discussion. So, before you answer the question, test whether or not your team measures up to the qualities that I’ve seen exhibited in high-performing leaders and teams during my work with them over the past 30 plus years:
Answering these questions will provide you with an accurate awareness of your team’s “as is” performance compared to high-performance counterparts. But awareness doesn’t yield results, especially if your discovery reveals that your team falls short of the mark. If so, it’s time to move beyond awareness to deliberate action.
And depending on where you fall short, that action might involve a full high-performance team alignment to reconstitute the team, coaching the team and/or individual players to change mindsets and behaviors, and leadership skill development to sharpen capabilities. Most likely, this is not an either-or choice. Based on my past 30 years of consulting experience, integrated action in all three areas will be required to elevate your leader and team to high-performance.
Howard M. Guttman is principal of Guttman Development Strategies, Inc. (guttmandev.com), a Mount Arlington, NJ-based management consulting firm specializing in organization development through senior team alignments, leadership coaching, and leadership development.
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