Do You Wish to Lead or Be Part of a High-Performance Team?\r\n\r\n89,800,000: This is the number of mentions reported in a recent internet search for the term “high-performance teams (HPTs).” HPTs can be defined as teams, organizations, or virtual groups that consistently achieve superior business results.\r\n\r\nThroughout my 30-plus years in the professional world, I have been part of and worked with teams with different purposes, backgrounds, sizes, and cultures. Most of them, implicitly or explicitly, existed to fulfill a specific purpose. Few of them, including those I led at some point in my corporate life (I have to admit…), would probably qualify as “high performance.”\r\n\r\nIf your team experience is similar to mine, don’t give up. From the long set of factors that are associated with HPTs, let me share the three that I would place at the top of the list:\r\n\r\n1. Clarity of goals and purpose: If a team isn’t clear on what success looks like, how will they know if they are on the right track? As elementary as this sounds, it is common to see team members working toward flawed or partially defined goals. Similarly, the key purpose of forming and acting as a team is too often ignored or presumed.\r\n\r\n2. A collective growth mentality: The best teams I have either been part of or worked with have had a hunger for growth, both from the business and personal skills standpoints. They could not be stopped by external or internal obstacles, and they readily trained themselves on the skills needed to win.\r\n\r\n3. A close relationship and trust within team members: This usually takes time to build, but once you learn to trust and be trusted by team members, you are able to debate issues and communicate with others without worrying about being second-guessed. Easier said than done, but powerful once achieved.\r\n\r\nI will be providing more insights and sharing different HPT models in my blog posts during September. They will be published every Monday.\r\n\r\nI want to close this newsletter with a quote by the Scottish American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie: “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” As you embark on this journey, count on me to help you succeed.\r\n\r\nPercy M. Cannon\r\nAuthor, Business Consultant, Facilitator, and Professional Coach\r\\r\n\r\nPS1: Use this link if you want to buy my book, The Business Apostolate: Insights to Define and Achieve your Mission in Life with a special discount for newsletter readers. Just enter code MU5Z7NLM.\r\nPS2: Use this link to ask questions, post comments, and request topics you would like to see in future issues.\r\nPS3: Use this link to subscribe to future newsletter issues or review previous ones.

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