HOW well are your teams performing? How much more could you be getting out of them? What's holding them back from greatness?
Are the people on your teams glad they are there? How could you support them even better? How does your leadership harm or enrich your teams?
Mr Donald Kendall, a former chairman of PepsiCo, once said: "There's only one standard. Once you're stuck on the flypaper, you're stuck. If you don't set a high standard, you can't expect your people to act right."
If you want your teams to rise to their potential, you have to approach team-building from a different mindset. Modern team-building requires more than bureaucratic, heavy-handed rules and regulations, and command and control mandates.
It requires updated, creative, flexible, people-centred strategies that are aligned with organisational objectives. Only then will your teams produce results that catapult your organisation forward.
Here are 12 executive leadership strategies for building a world-class team that can compete with anyone.
1. Make your teams fast and flexible
The best teams learn and perform on the fly. Build in extreme manoeuvrability in your teams.
2. Make more teams of smaller size
Make your team size manageable and dedicated to specific issues they can focus on and tackle quickly and successfully.
3. Make sure each team has a unifying vision
A team vision is a winning vision. Create an inspiring view of what the team will do once it is successful.
4. Make your teams learning machines
A team that learns well is a team that succeeds. Help them learn continuously and voraciously.
5. Give your teams a special identity
Give your teams something that will make them stand out and feel special. Give them something to brag about and be well-known for.
6. Continually raise your teams's self-esteem
Assume your teams will succeed mightily. Tell them you have complete faith and hope in them, and how much you appreciate their efforts.
7. Give yours team decision-making autonomy
Speed up team communication and lubricate team functioning by allowing as many intra-team decisions as possible. Reduce the organisational drag on your teams.
8. Allow your teams to be creativity factories
Honour and encourage innovation so your teams can gain an edge over the competition. Respect bold forays into the unknown and reward big thinking.
9. Give your teams a nourishing environment
Supply your teams with everything they need for success. Support, encourage and nudge them on, and then get out of their way and let them succeed.
10. Make your teams living entities
Slash the paperwork, the reporting and the ponderous meetings. Allow your teams to infuse projects with their own blood and energy.
11. Give your teams crisp, open communication
Construct a friendly, smart and responsive feedback system and watch them bounce winning ideas off each other.
12. Know when not to have a team
A smart leader knows when a team should not be a team. Stop forcing inappropriate work on a team and let its members do the important work they were meant to do.
Teams must be respected for what they are capable of when fortified with the proper organisational nutrients and allowed to run with their mandates.
To catapult your teams to new heights, get out of their way and trust they will perform to their potential.