Building the High Performance Team

I am currently working with a couple of businesses that are looking to build “high performance” management teams and as I write this, I wonder how many of you have had the privilege of being part of one. If you have, you will know that I am not talking about a collection of capable people that happen to get along, I am referring to an experience in which everyone respects and appreciates each other’s capabilities, there is fun and genuine enjoyment in taking part and the work seems to get done almost effortlessly. The question is: how do you build such a team?
There are no end of books and articles on this subject, but here are just three of the key characteristics that were intrinsic to the high performance teams that I was fortunate enough to be involved with:

1. Shared values: it is very hard to get close working relationships established if you are not aligned around those things that you believe are essential to successful outcomes.
2. A clear insight on our own strengths and weaknesses as well as sincere appreciation and tolerance of the same in others. In my business we use an exceptionally powerful personality profiling tool to enable team members to get insights on their own behavioural preferences.
3. A shared belief in the value of the team objective(s) that we were  working on and a strong desire to assist one another in the achievement of these.

I would love to know your thoughts on this subject, so feel free to email me at:

Ian Ash, AInstIB
Managing Director, OrgMent Business Solutions