ny high performing team will always demonstrate an element of pure class. Theyll
have the guns or the stars who have the ability to do extraordinary things -
whose competence in the technical aspects of their work make them outstanding
contributors to the team.
We all recognise the importance of having the
right cattle in the pursuit of high performance and getting results; but a group
of individuals coming together for a common goal does not automatically
constitute a strong and effective team. It runs much deeper than that.
In our pursuit of seeking the right cattle we can encounter other issues
that come with accessing highly driven people. Can they work together in a team?
We must constantly challenge ourselves as managers and leaders to not only look
for the best people but for the right people for our organisation.
performance to be efficient and effective we must challenge individuals to come
together on a more personal and deeper level than simply being joined by name or
company; and get them to work together for a common purpose and a common result.
Two characteristics that differentiate high performing teams are support
for one another and mutual accountability or responsibility for shared team
We can get so wrapped up in our own world of
achievement Wholesale NBA
Jerseys , we can often forget about the impact that our own
behaviour is having on those around us. That at times, we are willing to do
something that doesnt just look like by numbers.
Great teams are willing
to look out for one another. To cover for a teammate until they are able to
resume their role. They have players who swallow their own ego and perform a
role for the team even though they think they may be too good for that role.
Great teams have players who have the ability to not only perform their
role for the team, but to also help others around them to achieve their goals.
To think beyond themselves, not only when they are playing well, but when they
are playing below their best.
Great teams have players that ensure team
rules are followed and that the style of game they want to play is encouraged
and supported by everyone.
They have a group of people who accept mutual
accountability for the result of the team. They share the glory or the pain
irrespective of personal performance because their commitment is directly linked
to team results.
This is difficult to balance, because with high
achievers and high performers there will always be strong individual ambitions,
goals, wants and needs.
Its about submitting your ego to the team cause
- accepting a role for the good of the team, and appreciating and recognising
others who do likewise.
If we have too many individuals who want to be
the star then we can encounter problems in the work environment. Not enough
people will want to contribute the most to the team cause or be the person who
has the most influence on the team result.
Sport brings us so many
analogies of what this is like. We get to go to the footy and make observations
about what role someone has played for their team and how they went about it. We
see the admirable qualities the team has Wholesale Jerseys
China , yet we also see individual players on our team that give
their all alongside the ones that contribute little to the team outcome.
Sometimes, because of personal brilliance, individual players get away with
behaviours that simply do not reflect a team attitude.
I had the pleasure
of playing along a player by the name of Shaun Hart. He was the benchmark of
team attitude for me at the Brisbane Lions. Despite pressure and fatigue, his
decisions always reflected what was in the best interest of the team.
Under-rated in the public arena but pure gold within the inner-sanctum, he was
respected enormously by his peers and was the ultimate support player. The
Sydney is a team filled with examples of support and
responsibility. Their ability to cover for one another is typical Swans style
and is admired by everyone for achievements on and off the football field. Even
Barry Hall who, despite a brain fade against West Coast when he lashed out and
punched an opposition player, stood up the very next day and said it wasnt good
enough, it was unacceptable and that he had let his team down and the young fans
for whom he is a role model. Thats leadership. It doesnt matter who it is
personal behaviour is a team priority that drives a team result.
all starts with leaders. If leaders can take enough ownership for the
performance of the team and measure people on this, despite other technical
competencies alone Wholesale Jerseys ,
then peer pressure ensures their survival in that environment.
they dont … well I would argue that it is best at some point that they do make
the decision to leave as your team will be better for it.
your own team. Who is taking responsibility for the team results; who is
supporting others to achieve their outcomes and driving the standards that are
expected within your work environment?
Be the team that becomes the
contender rather than a bunch of talented individuals who could have been
Michael Voss is a former triple Australia Football League (AFL)
premiership captain of the Brisbane Lions and is regarded as one of the all-time
greats of the modern era. He played 289 AFL games from 1992-2006, won the
coveted Brownlow Medal in 1996, was a five-times All-Australian selection,
including twice as captain, and skippered the Lions for 10 years, including the
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