How do you create a company Dream Team. Take a look at the story of the 1992 US Men’s Olympic basketball team. It featured some of the best players in basketball — Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Larry Bird. They also had Scottie Pippen and Patrick Ewing. The team seemed certain to win, even though they didn't try. After their first month of practice they lost their first scrimmage to a group college students. After the humiliating defeat, Scottie Pippen stated that they didn't know how play with one another.
These legends were able to play the sport well, but they also had to balance the individual and team performances. They did it and won the Olympics with over 100 points in every game.
It is possible that your teams are struggling with the exact same problem. Your team may be made up of good people but have not learned to work together. Team dynamics is a learned skill. Take the Grow Team Snapshot test to find out what areas they need to improve in order to achieve their next business goal.
The War Zone
What they think: High drive / low cooperation
How they play: Basketball players must pass the ball in order to move it around the court and to the player who is in the best position to make the shot. If everyone tries to steal the ball and block it, they will get the glory and points.
Signs and symptoms: Is there a lot of conflict in your team? Are there people who complain about someone trying to take credit or blame others when things go wrong? Maybe they do overtime, or miss deadlines because they prefer to do it all themselves.
What they should learn: Communication and conflict management, trust, and psychological safety
The Comfort Zone
What they think: High Cooperation / Low Drive
What they do: These players consider the Olympics “just a game.” It's a way for them to have fun, be friends, and have strong support systems. They aren't in it to win it.
Signs and symptoms: Are projects dragging out or are problems ignored because they don't want to be pressured or called attention to their mistakes? Do they accept the minimum requirements, and expect a manager to step in? It is a shame because their loyalty and positive nature would be a huge asset if they could channel it to solving business problems.
What they should learn: Leadership and project management, time management, motivation
The Stagnation Zone
What they think: Low drive / Low cooperation
They stopped playing a while back.
Symptoms Your team is simply going through the motions, like showing up at work, working hard, and getting paid. They are emotionally disconnected from their work and each other. Their negativity can be contagious. They can be a source of frustration and discouragement for team members who desire to succeed but don't receive the support or have no relationship with those around them.
What they should learn: Stress management and motivation, psychological support, communication
The Performance Zone
What they think: High drive / High cooperation
What they play: They are not only strong players but also smart players. They are able to understand their roles and their strengths and weaknesses and can coordinate their efforts so that they bring out their best.
Signs: Do you hear the cheers of the crowd? The winning team has learned how to balance individual drive with cooperation. They are able to manage conflict and have created an environment that is stimulating and positive.
What they should learn:They are in a good position but still have the potential to improve performance and collaborate.
What's your Team Zone?
This is your half-time break. Get together to identify where you stand in the game and what you can do to improve your game. To find out more about how to identify the strengths, challenges, and opportunities of your team, click on this link.
It's not over yet.
By: Edu Legaspi
Title: Is Your Team In The Performance Zone?
Sourced From: grow360.com/blog/-is-your-team-in-the-performance-zone
Published Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2020 07:41:00 +0000
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