Building High Performance Teams

“Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people” – Steve Jobs

What is a High Performance Team?

High-performance teams (HPTs) is a concept within organization development referring to teams, organizations, or virtual groups that are highly focused on their goals and that achieve superior business results. High-performance teams outperform all other similar teams and they outperform expectations given their composition.”
-Katzenbach et al.: The Wisdom of Teams, Harper Business, 2003


If you have ever been a part of a great team at work, you would know it is a life changing experience. Being a part of such a team makes you love to come to work every morning, charges you up with energy, encourages you to accomplish goals you thought were impossible. On such a team you would have felt a great sense of belonging and believed that others had your back in every situation. This team made work fun, exciting and an adventure every day.

“Is such a team even possible in corporates?” we have been asked in disbelief. The answer is an emphatic yes. However, high performance teams don’t just ‘happen’. It requires a concerted effort, positive intent and a good understanding of the process involved to make it happen.

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Based loosely on the work of Patrick Lencioni, the workshop views the journey of building a high-performance team through the lens of the 5 dysfunctions of a team:
⦁ Absence of trust
⦁ Fear of conflict
⦁ Lack of commitment
⦁ Avoidance of accountability
⦁ Inattention to results

The workshop weaves in the latest thinking around this subject with concepts like Psychological Safety and Radical Candor that helps teams get a better understanding of this journey. The workshop also uses well accepted tools like the Thomas Killman Conflict Mode instrument to help participants get a deep insight into their own preferred conflict handling styles and the implication of the same for the team.

Run in an engaging manner that melds experiential activities with deep, insightful discussions, practical tools that team members can start using right away with their teams and sharing of practical experiences, the BHPT (Building High Performance Teams) workshop is a powerful learning experience crafted for participants.

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Is this workshop right for my team?
Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn cofounder, sums up the power of a HPT: “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” Basketball legend Michael Jordan slam dunks the same point: “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”

A few key take-aways from this workshop in the journey of building a high-performance team are:
⦁ Practical ways of building trust amongst team members
⦁ Different ways to signal connection and belongingness within teams
⦁ The concepts of psychological safety and radical candor
⦁ Understanding individual conflict handling preferences
⦁ Conflict norming within the team
⦁ Understanding the difference between commitment and consensus
⦁ Creating a team charter – rules of engagement
⦁ Building clarity within teams through clear communication
⦁ Understanding the concept of accountability within team members
⦁ Importance of having a compelling score card for a team

To be honest, building a high-performance team is not easy – perhaps the reason we see so few such teams in the corporate context. But is it worth the journey? Absolutely. Can it be done? Most definitely. If you want to inspire your teams to take this amazing journey, FocusU invites you to The Building High Performance Teams workshop today!

Contact Us today - we will be glad to meet up and discuss the possibilities for your team!