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What 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.    498 words.
The Mental Game Coach, Peak Performance Playbook

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 enhanced.

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 advantage.

7. All teams have people with egos who want to be in charge or be right. Successful ones channel these egos into productive output.

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 traction.

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™ at www.mentalgamecoach.com/Programs/MentalGameOfTeamBuilding.html.

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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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