Makes Peak-Performing Teams Tick? How Leaders Can Win The Mental
Game Of Coaching.
Not all teams are created equal. Some teams clearly are better than
others. Keeping in mind there are various definitions of teams and
their purposes, we can paint a fairly clear picture of what we want
in the ideal team. Here are 17 things we know that peak-performing
teams have in common.
What Makes Peak-Performing Teams Tick?
How Leaders Can Win The Mental Game Of Coaching
Bill Cole, MS, MA
Founder and CEO
William B. Cole Consultants
Silicon Valley, California
Not all teams are created equal. Some teams clearly
ARE better than others. They get more done, and with less squabbling.
Still, there are instances of teams performing heroically even though
they may all dislike each other. Keeping in mind there are various
definitions of teams and their purposes, we can paint a fairly clear
picture of what we WANT in the ideal team.
Here are 17 things we know that peak-performing teams have in common.
1. All teams experience conflict. The successful ones manage
it and succeed in spite of it.
2. All teams have weaknesses. The successful ones minimize
these and play to their strengths to succeed.
3. All teams are conflicted over team versus individual loyalty
and goals. The successful ones resolve this, keeping both intact,
but championing team outcomes.
4. All teams have players with individual styles that clash with
others. The successful teams manage to blend all styles and
honor the differences so the team energies and capabilities are
5. All teams have moments of truth. The successful ones step
up and use them to grow and achieve.
6. All teams have clashes of individual values and philosophies.
The successful ones either look past these or use them to their
7. All teams have people with egos who want to be in charge or
be right. Successful ones channel these egos into productive
8. All teams first start out with varied goals, directions, energies
and ambitions. The successful ones direct their energies into
a common charter.
9. All teams involve initial power moves by various individuals.
The successful ones resolve these imbalances or remove the parties
causing the disruption.
10. All teams have personality clashes. The successful ones
create acceptance of differences and resolve this energy into team
11. All teams have differences of opinion and in ways of operating.
The successful ones realize that in diversity lies strength of creativity
and synergy. They embrace variety in membership.
12. All teams have challenges in managing deliverables. The
successful ones create clear communication and systems that guarantee
timeliness and accountability.
13. All teams have issues around roles and responsibilities.
The successful ones sharpen blurred and confusing roles and increase
personal and team accountability.
14. All teams have staffing challenges. The successful ones
carefully match individual abilities with team needs.
15. All teams have people who dislike personal feedback and measurement.
The successful ones create sensitive, intelligent feedback loops
that allow for mid-course evaluation and correction, including praise
for jobs well done.
16. All teams encounter problems. The successful ones create
processes and open systems for solving them.
17. All teams have morale problems. The successful ones value
everyone and their contributions and create ways to celebrate successes.
What kind of team do you want? A peak-performing one I imagine.
What are you willing to do to create that peak-performing team?
The successful leader envisions the ideal team, plans for it and
then goes out and builds it. You can too.
To learn more about how team building can help your organization
reach its potential, visit Bill Cole, MS, MA, the Mental Game Coach
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Bill Cole, MS, MA, a leading authority
on peak performance, mental toughness and coaching, is founder and
CEO of William B. Cole Consultants, a consulting firm that helps
organizations and professionals achieve more success in business,
life and sports. He is also the Founder and President of the International
Mental Game Coaching Association (www.mentalgamecoaching.com),
an organization dedicated to advancing the research, development,
professionalism and growth of mental game coaching worldwide. He
is a multiple Hall-Of-Fame honoree as an athlete, coach and school
alumnus, an award-winning scholar-athlete, published book author
and articles author, and has coached at the highest levels of major-league
pro sports, big-time college athletics and corporate America. For
a free, extensive article archive, or for questions and comments
visit him at www.MentalGameCoach.com.
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