High Performing Teams Have These 10 Key Elements

High Performing Teams Have These 10 Key Elements

Have you even been on a high performing team? You will know it when it happens. Everything clicks. Everything goes as planned. You can’t wait for the next opportunity for the team to tackle. I have been lucky to be part of high performing teams in both sports and business. Early in my childhood it was all about scoring goals, making touchdowns or hitting home-runs. So I thought. I was not an elite athlete by the farthest stretch but enjoyed playing and worked hard to continuously improve. As I look back it is not the personal achievements that I remember. It was the enjoyment I had playing on teams. High performing teams. I took deep pride wearing those team jackets and especially the ones with city or provincial champions on them. I still have some of those but they just don’t fit the way they used too! It took me a while to understand but my success or failure as an individual was measured by the team’s success or failure. Oblivious to me at the time but this experience as a child and teenager set the framework for my approach to working in teams at work. It is clear to me that the same characteristics of a high performing team exist whether it is in sports, business or any other situation where a team is required to collaborate because what they want to achieve is too large for one individual to accomplish. When you successfully combine these elements you can create the perfect environment for a team to thrive in. Here are my 10 Key Elements of High Performing...
Off Course? Go Back To The Things You Love

Off Course? Go Back To The Things You Love

As we go through the motions of our hectic lives we sometimes lose our way. It is not intentional by any means. It is easy to do as our everyday lives keeps us focused on our work, family, finances or one crisis after another. You live your life underwater and when you decide to finally come up for air you find out that you are way off course. The course you were on gave you purpose, passion and a zest for life but now you have lost all that and you are stuck treading water. When you think back to when you were on the right course and had purpose and passion it was because you were doing things that you love to do. You just need to course correct. Take some time to write down all the things that you love or used to love. It could be things, people, activities, situations, food, places, books, smells, thoughts, sounds or anything that comes to mind. Don’t just put things down from your adulthood, reach back to your childhood and try to remember what you loved back then. Now compare that list with what you are doing now. Put a checkmark beside everything that you continue do that you love. Notice that you don’t have as many checkmarks as before! You will quickly realize that you have for one reason or another moved away from focusing on what you love. Why would you stop doing or experiencing the things that you love? Simple; Life got in the way. Time to take your life back. You can go big or start small...