Optimizing Your Team’s Performance
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
As your business progresses and matures the challenges you’ll face and the opportunities you will encounter require a planned approach to building highly successful teams. Each of our organizations consists of multiple teams (i.e. manufacturing, operations, senior management and sales and marketing) and our overall success is contingent upon their effectiveness.
Wikipedia defines ateamas “a group of people linked in a common purpose. Teams normally have members with complementary skills and generate synergy through a coordinated effort which allows each member to maximize his or her strengths and minimize his or her weaknesses. Team members need to learn how to help other team members realize their true potential, and create an environment that allows everyone to go beyond their limitations.”
Once your teams have been created, focusing on individual and group performance optimization is essential to achieving and exceeding your goals and expectations. While effective planning is essential to future success, all too often great strategies/plans are poorly executed and result in wasted resources. When we fail to execute, promising momentum is lost and in far too many cases viable strategies are blamed for the failure. So how can we focus on improving our execution effectiveness? What steps can be taken to ensure a greater level of success?
As stated earlier, teams are made up of individuals and in order for a team to perform at an optimized level each team member must perform at an optimal level. So what are the primary inhibitors to performance? Considering that achieving optimized performance requires continuous improvement involving a systematic approach we’ve developed the Peak Focus - Optimized Performance Formula. Our formula consists of four basic components and if one increases the level of any or all of these components, even in small increments, dramatic improvements can be achieved.
When we consider Ability we normally refer to the hard and soft skills that are possessed. Included in this component is your formal and informal education, past experience, accumulative knowledge, communications competence and your overall ability to collaborate and innovate. Identifying the skills and traits that are essential and desirable to your job and then becoming obsessed with improving those skills and traits will provide great opportunities for performance improvement.
Knowing what Activities will produce the desired results and then implementing those activities requires a great deal of discipline. Too often time is expended on activities that are not the most effective. A careful assessment of the most appropriate activities and leveraging those activities effectively will result in substantial performance improvements. Creative design and development of innovative activities that are truly client focused will result in significant performance improvements.
Aligning your goals and objectives will enable you to leverage your energy and effort to optimize your performance. Your ability to focus your ability and your activities while minimizing wasteful energy is vital. Alignment and shared vision are true enablers for optimized performance.
Passion is the intangible linkage that provides the energy fundamental to high levels of performance. When you combine the power and enthusiasm while engaging in activities that you truly enjoy it is no longer work. Passion is the magical energizer! Whether referring to an individual or a team, combining Ability, Activity and Aim with the power of Passion as the magnifier, performance optimization is truly achievable.
Peak Focus Optimized Performance Formula
(Ability X Activities X Aim) Passion = Performance Level