Creating & Sustaining team performance is a tricky thing. Just when you feel that the team is Implementing moving towards High Performance, a crisis or shake-up can happen to the team, causing them to lose trust.
I find it interesting that the conditions that enable a team to be successful in a crisis can become dysfunctional during times of stability. Success does not automatically lead to more success. Instead it creates conditions that require the team to re-define:
- Why it exists
- What skills are needed for the teamwork
- Team Leadership
- Team design
- Team norms
The team’s previous good work created the need for it to change its approach & work style.
When this happens looking at these 5 challenges for teams to create & sustain team performance, may be helpful.
5 challenges creating & sustaining team performance
- Leadership Challenge – Strong directive leadership frequently is required in a crisis. Once stability is achieved a more cooperative style is useful.
- Redefining the Team Task – A crisis demands action & provides clear direction for that action. In stability the tasks of the management team are ambiguous.
- Changes in Team Composition – Different circumstances require different skilled-knowledge & capacity.
- Changes in Team Norms – Team norms that develop during a crisis are likely to be dysfunctional during periods of stability.
- Team Leadership – Leading a management team requires that a number of tensions be managed on a continuous basis. This use of wisdom & tools is very different with a crisis team vs. a stable team.