A growing body of research suggests that having just a few nasty, lazy or incompetent characters around can ruin the performance of a team.
A team-member without a clear understanding of accountability and authority within the team will have to be skilled at either persuading, forcing or bullying other team-members into working along to accomplish the goals.
You don’t have to see your view of progress for progress to happen.
Steps to Maintain Team Performance.
Reinforce the hard work of the people, the team, and management;
Slow the team down to examine evidence of progress and setbacks;
Supply the team with concrete steps to work on. Keeping the vagueness to a minimum, making progress on work that is meaningful.
The high performers learn:
The more you do around here, the more they ask you to do.
And the low performers learn:
The less you do around here, the less they ask you to do.
Either option leads to under-performance.
As teams develop and improve their performance over time a s-curve pattern emerges. In this video Michael Cardus shares the S-Curve for Team Development and references it to developing high performance teams.