The Secret to Creating a High Performance Team
Kemi Sorinmade Speaking at NSPE conference on the Path to Greater Team Effectiveness
Last month, I had the pleasure of leading a workshop at an Engineering Conference. I spoke on the Path to Greater Team Effectiveness. In the workshop, we talked about what it would take to help their teams perform better.
The secret to a high performance team is United Vision and Purpose. You have probably heard of the story of the tower of Babel from the Bible. The inhabitants of the earth decided they wanted to build a high tower that reached to heaven. It mentions that the people were of one language and of one speech. And God said because the people are one and they have one language, nothing is going to stop them from doing what they want to do. So God decided to confuse their language and they couldn't build any longer. When a team is united in purpose and vision, there is no telling what that team can achieve. Now the purpose and vision needs to be communicated, understood and embraced.
“When you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible”
Many of you must have heard about the Atlanta route 85 bridge collapse that happened earlier this year. A Georgia Department of Transportation representative was also at the conference and spoke about the experience, the impact of the bridge collapse and what they did to rebuild the bridge. The bridge collapse really impacted traffic which resulted in a nightmare for commuters. I actually met someone who said they lost their job because they couldn't get to work due to the bridge collapse (As a leadership coach, I frown at a company that would fire an employee based on something they can't control. But that's another story for another day). The Department of Transportation created a timeline to rebuild the bridge and the project was completed three weeks before the deadline and everything was back to normal. The representative mentioned that the two things that helped them get the project done so quickly was communication and relationships. I thought to myself, ahhh that is what I'm teaching in my workshop. And might I add purpose and vision. There was a "why" behind what they were trying to accomplish and everyone understood it. In the workshop, I talked about the VICE method as a path to greater team effectiveness. VICE stands for Vision, Integrity, Connection and Empowerment. We broke these down and discussed what each of these meant. I explain these further in our latest e-book Creating and Maintaining High Performance Teams. If your team performance can use a little boost, this is the perfect resource for you, offered as a FREE gift. The e-book also includes ideas to motivate your team, and ideas on what to do to be a good team player. Read it and share it with your team members. Download your copy here P.S one of the things I hear from people who end up not taking time to read so that they can grow, i.e reading this newsletter, reading books and taking training classes, is that they don't have time. Are you saying right now that I don't have time to read the e-book? Then let me also introduce you the a short course you can take to help you improve your efficiency and gain back one or two hours each day to do the things that will actually make you grow, advance in your career, and achieve your goals. Take the Mission Accomplished Course! Take course here (You have life time access so you can take the course at your own pace) or you can book a one hour session with me and let's streamline your day once and for all. Here is a testimonial from a previous strategy session:
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