Top Things High-Performing Teams Do

Adriana Girdler

The most telling signs that you’re leading a successful team If you’re a project manager or a team leader, then you understand the importance of …

The most telling signs that you’re leading a successful team

If you’re a project manager or a team leader, then you understand the importance of building and maintaining high-performing teams.

If you don’t have a high-performing team, you won’t have a successful project. But the good news is that high-performing teams are best developed when you know where to put your focus as a leader.

So, let’s talk about some common characteristics of high-performing teams so that you can identify your team’s strengths and weaknesses.

1. Set clear expectations

In order for your team to perform well, they need to be clear on what they are supposed to do. When you’re setting expectations to build a high-performing team, here are some expectations you should ensure you set:

  1. Roles and Responsibilities: What are they supposed to be doing?
  2. Action List: What tasks are they in charge of? What areas are they responsible for?
  3. Behavior: What rules have been set around respectfulness, professionalism, teamwork, meeting deadlines, etc.?

2. Know how to overcome resistance to change

High-performing teams understand that there will be resistance to change, no matter what they are doing.

This is particularly true for a project team that’s going to be implementing something brand new that will change ways of working. You will have resistance to this, but high performing teams understand that, and instead of being afraid of it, they plan and prep for it. They put a change resistance plan together and they stick to it.

High-performing teams are open to conversations about resistance and finding solutions to overcome it.

More characteristics of high-performing teams

There are a few more characteristics of high-performing teams that are really critical to understand if you want to transform your team into the most effective team it can be. In my most recent YouTube video, I walk through each of these characteristics so that you know exactly how to improve upon them.

Having a successful team goes beyond just understanding these characteristics – you also need to have project management strategies and skills that will help you and your team deliver successfully. Make sure you check out my SLAY Project Management course where I give you all the templates, tips, and techniques to implement to make every project successful.

Adriana Girdler, PMP | Creator of Slay Project Management

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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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