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5 Ways to Improve Your Team’s Performance

5 Ways to Improve Your Team’s Performance

There are countless factors that affect performance, and as many methods of gauging the direct impact of those factors. For teams to reap the full benefits of performance assessment, leaders must first establish a set of criteria by which performance can be measured. Identifying and assessing only those factors that are a high priority to your team, allows you to address the most pressing concerns first. In focusing on a select few elements of performance, a much more accurate picture of their impact can be seen.

Right People in the Right Role

High performing teams are composed of individuals who fit seamlessly together. Their skills and capabilities complement one another, allowing them to support each other in achieving common objectives. There are a number of tools that can help in assessing a team’s ‘best fit’. Whether that focus is on individual styles of thinking or approaches to work, the key to both team and organisational success lies in the ability of people to work effectively together. This can only occur when individuals understand their unique contribution and apply those insights to enact change.

Align Your Values

Leadership development training is most successful when teams understand the values that drive them as both individuals and as a  group. Doing so enables leaders to recognise the factors that limit performance and prevent them from reaching their full potential. A team with strongly aligned goals and values are able to make better decisions and overcome challenges far more effectively.

“A team with strongly aligned goals and values are able to make better decisions and overcome challenges far more effectively.”

Create Accountability

The best leadership assessment tools provide teams with the opportunity to reflect on their past performance and identify areas that have limited or contributed to their success. This can be a self-assessment or peer review of performance – ideally, a combination of the two methods is recommended to reveal a more comprehensive and unbiased insight. By holding themselves accountable, teams become better at identifying strengths and leveraging them for greater performance outcomes.

Building Competencies

Identifying key strengths and limitations provides a basis from which teams can further develop their skill sets. Measuring your team’s current capabilities against their aspirational performance goals enables you to concentrate development efforts in the areas that will result in the most benefit for the team and the organisation in the long-term.

Building Effective Goal Setting

When it comes to assessing for high performance, it is useful to set specific targets that can be measured over time. These are different to aspirational performance goals that typically are worked  towards over longer periods of time and where success is measured by progress made. Specific targets are often tied to current projects and have a stricter time frame. Incorporating both types of goal setting can give your team a more tangible measure of performance as they progress towards those aspirational targets.

When looking to improve team performance overall, it is important to understand the current position your team is in. Determining if individuals are in their optimal role, aligned in their values, and regularly measuring their progress can have a significant impact on performance and success. High performance team programs must always begin with an analysis of the current status quo, even when we may already be aware of existing issues. It is only by doing so that we can understand the way forward in a complete and sustainable manner.

For more information about The Leadership Sphere and how we can help you unlock performance through leadership, by supporting your leaders at every level of the organisation with leadership development, executive coaching and high performance team programs please visit our website or call us on 1300 100 857.

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