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Developing a high-performing team not only produces higher levels of performance, but it's also more fun to work on a high-performing team that works well and gets things done. (See Table 3.1.) If you're already on

TABLE 3.1 High-Performing Team Assessment

1.

Team member goals are aligned with the

project's goals. 1

2

3

4

5

6

2.

The team is focused on interdependent

actions. 1

2

3

4

5

6

3.

Team members participate in the planning

and monitoring/control processes. 1

2

3

4

5

6

4.

Decisions are made primarily by consensus. 1

2

3

4

5

6

5.

The project leader and team members own

the project plan and its execution. 1

2

3

4

5

6

6.

Team members are empowered. 1

2

3

4

5

6

7.

Conflicts arise and are resolved collaboratively. 1

2

3

4

5

6

8.

People on the team feel listened to and

supported. 1

2

3

4

5

6

9.

Individual style differences are honored. 1

2

3

4

5

6

10.

Individual needs are of concern to the team. 1

2

3

4

5

6

TOTAL (Add up your total score)

AVERAGE (Total divided by 10)

a project team, take a minute to do a quick inventory of how your team stacks up against the ten characteristics of high-performing teams. Rate your team on a scale of 1 to 6 where 1 = we never do this and 6 = we always do this. Then add up your total score. A perfect score would be 60. If you get a 60, you're probably lying! Then divide your total by 10 to get an average score. If your average is 4 or higher, you're doing extremely well, although there is always room for improvement. If your average is lower, don't despair. We've got a lot more material to cover that will help you improve your score.

Creating a high-performing team takes commitment on the part of the project leader to lead both the project management and team processes. Project leaders need to be facilitators, helping the team work through the steps of these processes. Here are some tips on being a good facilitator:

✓ Allow opportunity for equal participation by all team members.

✓ Maintain a safe environment.

✓ Acknowledge each person's contribution.

✓ Enforce the team ground rules.

✓ Focus on the team and project management processes, not the content.

✓ Respect each person as an individual.

✓ Resolve conflicts as they arise.

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