Checklist For High Performing Teams

This article by Susan Cullen talks about what characteristics high performing teams have in common. High performance relates to time management in that efficiency in work, saves time. Most of these 10 characteristics are common sense, but very necessary none the less in improving performance and time management.

Why do some teams perform well while others struggle? How can you assess how effectively your team is working now, and identify methods for improvement? Research shows that 85% of the reasons that teams of people succeed or struggle has more to do with interpersonal issues, than technical competence. But both are needed for effective teamwork.

Below please find a checklist you can use to identify the strengths and development needs of your own team:

1. Clear Goals.

It’s very hard to get there if you don’t know where you’re going! And it’s very hard to accomplish your goals if you haven’t made them clear. Make sure there’s no question about your team’s purpose, function and objective.

2. Clear Roles and Responsibilities.

It’s important that roles and responsibilities are clearly specified in order for people to be accountable for accomplishing their part of the team’s tasks. Misunderstandings and conflicts frequently occur when roles and expectations are not clearly defined.

3. Information Sharing.

In order for the team to make the best decisions, each team member needs to be provided with relevant information. High performing teams don’t guard information… they share it freely.

4. Competent Team Members.

Competent [tag]team members[/tag] need to be placed in the right position. At times, a highly talented person can be ill placed which can throw off the team functioning. Consider both the competency and placement of each individual team member.

5. Values Diversity.

We don’t all work the same way, or have the same styles. This can be a key source for interpersonal conflict. However, when teams learn to value each other’s differences they can leverage each other’s strengths. Team building exercises can help individuals to appreciate diversity and work together more effectively.


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