Teams are critical to the success of every organization. But what separates teams that truly deliver from ones that only spin their wheels?
Mark Miller shares wisdom on this in his book The Secret of Teams: What Great Teams Know and Do.
Creating a high-performance team is more than just a competitive advantage. It can be set in motion multiplication that begets a movement.
Here are some of our favorite quotes from the book:
Ultimately having the right talent starts with having the right leaders.
Most businesses and churches are organized and have team structure, but in truth are not really teams.
The real power of a team is unleashed when it’s members have both individual skills and team skills.
High-performance teams are not the goal. The goal is something that grows influence over time and becomes unstoppable. The ultimate goal is a movement!
If your team is to sustain its level performance you must pay attention to your leadership pipeline.
When you make a mistake in selection and the person is not a fit – reassignment or discharge are your only options.
Average leaders hand off lists of tasks. Highly effective leaders hand off key areas of responsibility.
The key ingredients for a high performance team are talent, skills and community.
If your team can’t have a productive meeting without you physically present you haven’t equipped or empowered them well.
Community is a place where people know each other deeply, serve each other willingly, and genuinely care for one another.
The absence of role clarity is often the root cause for underachievement.
Is the success of your team contingent on your physical presence? If so, you’ve become a prisoner of your team.
Becoming a real team requires time, energy, discipline, courage and vision.
Steps to building an effective team: evaluate current reality, assess team talent, assist team skills, build genuine community, lead at the next level.