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Building High Performance Teams

Teambuilding - High Performance Teams - Maximizing Performance

Effective teambuilding is not merely a social exercise. In-depth analysis of all the factors influencing interactions between your team members is required to build high-performance teams. Your corporate culture is unique, and your teambuilding process has to be as well.

Teambuilding is a highly individualized process where team members are challenged to rethink their strategies, processes, systems, and the way in which they work together to achieve organizational goals. One of the primary objectives of teambuilding is maximizing performance and realizing potential for all of your human capital. Effective teambuilding is your path to a successful and profitable enterprise.

Leading High-Performance Teams

Leading requires insight into team dynamics -- not generic team dynamics, but the dynamics of your specific team, within your specific corporate culture. Teambuilding is the essential first step toward leading high-performance teams effectively.

Teambuilding - High Performance Teams - Maximizing Performance

Teambuilding can help your team to:

  • Manage organizational change and transitions
  • Re-energize your team towards a common goal
  • Assist your team in restructuring or disbanding
  • Help overcome states of confusion, disorganization or unpredictable outcomes
  • Assist temporary work teams to come together quickly
  • Enable merging teams to let go of the past and focus on future success
  • Assist new team members, including new team leaders, to work together more effectively
  • Create a vision and strategy for success
  • Identify common values and success measurements


Maximizing Performance

There are many warning signs that point to the need for a teambuilding intervention, including:

  • Lack of vision or strategy
  • Inability/unwillingness to confront real issues
  • Lack of interest, or apathy among team members
  • Uneven participation of team members
  • Low participation in group decisions
  • Unresolved conflict or hostility among team members
  • Confusion about assignments or roles
  • Ineffective team meetings
  • Decisions are not being carried out
  • Lack of trust among team members

Maximizing the performance of teams requires that the underlying issues causing these behaviors be identified and resolved in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

Customized Corporate Teambuilding

No two teams have precisely the same issues to resolve. That's why Thorp & Associates take a custom approach to your teambuilding requirements. Teambuilding can be designed around issues arising in areas such as:

  • Team Goals - To clarify and identify the team's sense of direction and purpose to achieve goals. This may include: the team's values; vision; purpose; strategies; priorities; high performance management; taking ownership.
  • Team Member Relationships - The effectiveness of a group in which members must work together to achieve results. This may include: clearly defining expectations; acceptance; support; individual involvement; diversity; conflict resolution; listening; and providing feedback to each other.
  • Process and Procedures - The way in which the team works together to achieve goals. This may include: problem solving strategies; decision making processes; communication; the effectiveness of their meetings; analyzing performance; and, identifying behaviors that enhance and inhibit team performance.
  • Role Clarification - An understanding of what is expected from each individual team member to accomplish goals. This may include: establishing roles; clarifying responsibilities; job structures; job designs; skills available; resources available; and accountability.
  • Leadership - The capacity of the team to work with their leader and to develop their own leadership effectiveness. This may include coaching; modeling behavior; management; flexibility of team members; rewards and recognition.

Teambuilding for success and profitability, leading high performance teams to function effectively in your specific corporate culture, realizing human and professional potential, and maximizing performance: these are the activities and objectives that differentiate the great from the merely good. Contact Thorp & Associates to begin.