Myths That Hurt
Top Team Performance
According to some research, only one in five executive teams is high-performing. Instead of silos, organizations need coordinated team effort to meet today’s challenges.
Think of a highly coordinated top team like the effect of a large stone dropped into a lake: it has a strong ripple effect throughout the organization, enabling people at all levels to focus on the right things for the business.
Unfortunately, there are a number of misconceptions that impact team performance.
Click on the myths to reveal the reality
Here are seven questions CEOs can use to start thinking about what’s working and what’s not in their team:
We are happy to help you navigate these questions so you can build more effective teams.
If everybody in this room does their job, the business will be successful.
Focusing solely on individual performance can perpetuate silos and prevent cross-pollinating of ideas and information.
We are a team because we call ourselves a team.
Teams underestimate the need to define their membership and purpose. Teams should be defined by their strategic purpose and have a clear mandate.
A team full of A players is an A team.
Research finds that individual excellence does not necessarily translate into team excellence. Factors such as alignment on shared purpose, trust and the nature of the team’s interactions make a team more than the sum of its parts.
A workshop will solve everything.
Fostering a high-performing team is multifaceted and requires ongoing attention.
Team members should “pick their battles” and avoid challenging peers.
Highly effective teams encourage rich debate. Once a decision is made, however, they are committed to defending and carrying out the decision, both publicly and privately.
Do we have a clear vision and mission?
What kind of leadership team does our business need?
Do we have the right people?
Does the team hold one another accountable
for shared responsibilities?
Do we make decisions and stick with them?
Are we making the most of meeting time?
Are we better together?