How do you create a company Dream Team. Take a look at the story of the 1992 US Men’s Olympic basketball team. It featured some of the best players in basketball — Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Larry Bird. They also had Scottie Pippen and Patrick Ewing. The team seemed certain to win, even though they didn’t try. They lost their first scrimmage match to college players after only one month of practice. After the humiliating defeat, Scottie Pippen admitted that they didn’t know how play together.
These legends were able to play the sport well, but they also had to balance the individual and team performances. They did it and won the Olympics with over 100 points in every game.
It is possible that your teams are struggling with the exact same problem. Your team may be made up of good people but have not learned to work together. Team dynamics is something that can be learned. Take the Grow Team Snapshot test to find out what they are lacking in team dynamics so that they can reach their next business goal.
The War Zone
They think: High drive / low cooperation
Basketball is how they play: Players must pass the ball to move the ball across the court to the player who has the best shot. If everyone hogs the ball because they want the glory and points, it’s much easier for the competition block the shot and steals the ball.
Signs and symptoms: Is there a lot of conflict between your team members? Are there people who complain that someone tries to take credit or blame others when things go wrong? Maybe they do overtime, or miss deadlines because they prefer to do it all themselves.
They need to be able to communicate, manage conflict, trust and maintain psychological safety.
The Comfort Zone
They think: High cooperation / Low drive
How they play: These players consider the Olympics “just a game”. They have fun, get along well with each other, and have strong support systems. They aren’t in it to win it.
Symptoms: Are projects dragging out? Do problems get overlooked because they are afraid to put pressure on each other or point out mistakes? Do they accept the minimum requirements, and expect a manager to step up before they can do more? It is a shame because their loyalty and positive nature would be a huge asset if they could channel it to solving business problems.
They need to be able to lead, manage projects, manage time, and motivate others.
The Stagnation Zone
They think: Low drive / low cooperation
They don’t play anymore.
Symptoms: Your team is simply going through the motions of just showing up at work, working hard, and getting paid. They are emotionally disconnected from their work and each other. Their negativity can be contagious. They can be a source of frustration and discouragement for team members who desire to succeed but don’t receive the support or have no relationship with those around them.
They need to be able to manage stress, motivate, provide psychological support and communicate.
The Performance Zone
They think High Drive / High Collaboration
They play smart and are not only strong players. They are able to understand their roles and their strengths and weaknesses and can coordinate their efforts to bring out the best in one another.
Symptoms: Can the crowd cheer? The winning team has learned how to balance individual drive with cooperation. They are able to manage conflict and have created an environment that is stimulating and positive.
They need to be in a positive place, but still have the potential for better performance and collaboration.
Which is your Team Zone?
This is your half-time break. Get together to identify where you stand in the game and what you can do to improve your game. To find out more about how to identify the strengths, challenges, and opportunities of your team, click on this link.
It’s not over yet.
By: Edu Legaspi
Title: Is Your Team In The Performance Zone?
Sourced From: grow360.com/blog/-is-your-team-in-the-performance-zone
Published Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2020 07:41:00 +0000
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