High-Performance Teams vs Average Teams

Each organiation has teams, even if the teams aren't formalized. Think about each department of the organization as being a separate team within the organization.


Almost every organization wants high-performing teams but most organizations aren't even sure of what 'high-performance' actually means. 


High-performance in relation to teams, is a group of individuals who are united in vision, goals, skills, risk, and who outperform other similar teams.


Average performing teams are a collection of individuals who are only united because they have to be, they see it as a means to an end. They're not truly committed to each other or to the objectives they need to achieve, and they still think as individuals, not as a unit. This is something that team-building exercises cannot fix.


The average performing team will at times achieve their targets, and that's the problem, they never outperform the objectives set or even themselves, and they don't desire to. 


These are all common in high-performing teams:

• Clear vision

• Clear mission

• Clear objectives/goals

• Shared responsibility 

• Interdependence

• Individual accountability

• Effective resolution of conflicts

• Shared wins and shared losses

• Effective communication 


The following are a few ways to break a high-performance team or to downgrade them to an average performing team:


1. Give them an ambiguous vision, mission, and goals.

2. Give them objectives that don't challenge or stretch their capabilities.

3. Adding a new member to their team, one who isn't intrinsically motivated or interdependent.


The effectiveness of a high-performing team lies in the results they bring in. To be factual, even a 1 or 5% increase in turnover or sales compared to previous teams or quarters, would be considered as high-performing. It's the incremental increase of progress, efficiency, effectiveness, and money which proves that you have a high-performing team on your hands.