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The Lean practice of High Performing Teams

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Work as a Team

In every setting where people work together, they are part of a team. When everyone is left to their own devices, people do their own thing -often with the best intentions-, but this group of people will not be very effective as a team.

Definition of a Good team

A Good team is a set of people who interact with each other; to achieve a common goal; by performing defined roles; and which is organised to maximise member talents and skills; and coordinate each member’s efforts. Teamwork as a Lean/Continuous Improvement practice will enable you to contribute in the best possible way to ensure that any team that you are part of becomes effective, and eventually high-performing.

A High Performing Team

In such a high performing team, people look out for each other and provide support. Team members freely offer and ask for help, and jobs just seem to get done without any discussions. Ideas and suggestions are offered freely, and are discussed, considered, and acted upon. A high-performing team is a joy to work in, as the team will be effective and successful, and any setback will be used as an opportunity for improvement.
Examples of high-performing teams are professional sports teams, including the Black Ferns. Their team’s objective, rather than their own, becomes the focus. Every individual brings their unique strengths and perspectives to the task. It does not mean there are no different views and disagreements, but the team is able to work through these positively and constructively. Effective teams always outperform ineffective teams.

Competitive Advantage

A high performing team makes the company agile, flexible, and adaptable. As a result of high levels of trust, teams can work through challenges and changes in the most effective manner. Any organisation that wants to be able to compete in today’s fast-changing environment needs to be built of highly effective teams. A highly effective team is an asset to any organisation and worth investing in.

In addition to being highly effective and successful, high-performing teams are good for company morale as they are a pleasure to be part of. As worker satisfaction increases, so does staff retention. Productivity and quality also improve when people love the work they do.

Creating a high performing team is a foundation practice in our Productivity Programme. Contact us today to find out how you can increase your competitive advantage with the productivity Programme.

About the author: Liddy Bakker is a Director of Productivity People