Optimizing Team Performance ______________________________________________________________________________
has often been described as a team sport, and that is no more evident
than today, with diverse employee populations and customer bases that
require organizations to draw upon multiple perspectives and
approaches. Knowing this, many successful innovators have expanded their innovation
processes from a select few R & D or marketing types to involve all employees, by utilizing enterprise-wide idea management systems that involve all employees.
Competition creates the need to transcend
current levels of performance, even when performance is strong. Competition also demands multiple perspectives and strategies--all found in today's diverse teams. It's important, however, to distinguish the factors that drive individual performance from those that drive team performance. Athletes in the professional leagues already know
how to play--and play well--so success in professional leagues is predicated on team skills and competencies, as well as individual skills and competencies.
Most teams can benefit from good coaches. Effective coaches know that alignment and high morale are critical to team success, so they carefully watch how players interact with each other. Additionally, they have strong skill sets in managing differences and dealing with conflict. In addition to their abilities for managing tension and other innovation inhibitors, effective coaches help the team maintain focus on goals and objectives. When organizational leaders function as coaches, they can leverage team competencies into organizational competencies. To learn more about coaching and about team development, see Leadership Assessment & Development and Team Assessment & Development. ____________________________________________________________________________________________
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