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How To Build A High-Performing Team – 5 Expert Tips For Success

Written by: Patrick Mensah, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

 

In the fast-paced landscape of business, one thing remains constant: the undeniable power of a high-performing team. A team that exceeds expectations, propelling your organization towards unprecedented success.

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Building a high-performing team is not just a lofty ambition; it is a tangible reality that can revolutionize your business.


In this article, I will guide you through five expert tips, honed by years of experience and research, to help you create a high-performing team.


Cultivate a Clear and Inspiring Vision


Picture this: You're standing on a mountaintop. As you take in the panoramic view of cities and landscapes, you realize the vast expanse of possibilities that lie ahead. Such is the strength of an inspiring vision.


As an entrepreneur, it's your responsibility to craft a vision for your business. It must be so profound that it has the capacity to change people’s lives for the good. You must spell out this image with your team. The sheer depth of your vision will inspire your team to do three things:

  • They’ll work towards achieving this vision and growing your business

  • They’ll develop themselves to be capable to achieve that vision

  • They’ll help a lot of people in the process

A strong vision becomes a common goal that motivates your team to work harder, push their limits, and deliver outstanding results. This is how Steve Jobs inspired a team to revolutionize the tech industry with groundbreaking products like the iPhone and iPod.

Attract and Develop Top Talent


Building a high-performing team starts with finding and nurturing exceptional talent. Start by creating an employee referral program. It should incentivize your team members to recommend skilled professionals from their network.


If you want the best talent then you should offer competitive salary packages and benefits. This helps you stand out from the competition and entice the best candidates to join your team.


Now that you have what it takes to attract top talent, how do you make sure that you hire the best from the lot?


You can take your cues from Google for its meticulous hiring process. It starts with an online application form and video submission. Then comes phone screenings, on-site interviews, and take-home assignments. These test technical skills, and problem-solving abilities, and fit within the company culture.


If a candidate’s skills are suitable for the job, they’ll get invited for an initial ‘screening’ phone call, followed by an onsite interview. If they make it to this stage, they will receive an offer.


Foster Effective Collaboration and Communication


Every business needs a culture of effective collaboration and open communication. Make teamwork so seamless and communication so open that the only path your team can take is that of sheer productivity.


Encourage Cross-Functional Collaboration


Break the barriers and encourage collaboration between different departments. You can do this by setting up projects that need inputs from different teams. Then put in place collaborative tools that allow for shared document editing, task management, and sharing ideas.


Embrace Agile Project Management Methodologies


Use Scrum or Kanban to boost collaboration and ease communication within your team. You can use regular stand-up meetings, sprint planning sessions, and daily progress updates. They help to enhance transparency and ensure that everyone works towards common goals.


Promote Active Listening and Respectful Communication


You have to create a work environment where none of your team members hold back their ideas. Always listen intently to what your team has to say. Talk to new joiners and experienced members with the same respect. Eventually, your team members will feel comfortable expressing their ideas, concerns, and feedback.


Provide Growth Opportunities and Skill Enhancement


By giving your employees chances to learn and grow, you help them do their best work and make your business more successful.


The best thing you can do is to create individual development plans for each team member. These plans should have specific goals and a roadmap for acquiring new skills.


Besides this, offering access to training programs, workshops, and conferences is essential. These allow them to expand their knowledge in relevant areas and stay updated with the latest industry trends.


Assigning stretch projects is another effective way to provide growth opportunities. These projects push team members out of their comfort zones and challenge them to get new skills.


You can tie up with online learning platforms such as LinkedIn Learning, Udemy, or Coursera. They can learn at their own pace and explore subjects that are directly relevant to their work.


Cultivate Trust and Psychological Safety


When team members feel safe to take risks and share their vulnerabilities, they work better together and do their best work.


Here are a few things that you can do to make your team feel safe at work:


Open-Door Policies


Keep your office door always open. Be easily approachable as a leader. Let your team know that you're there to listen, provide guidance, and address any concerns they may have. When team members feel comfortable talking to you, it creates an environment of trust and openness.


Anonymous Feedback


Provide a way for team members to give feedback anonymously, like suggestion boxes or surveys. This gives them the freedom to share their thoughts and concerns without fear of judgment. Anonymous feedback can help address any issues that may be affecting trust or psychological safety.


Promote Accountability


Encourage a culture of accountability and respect within the team. Everyone should take ownership of their responsibilities, meet deadlines, and communicate openly. When team members trust that others will do their part, it strengthens psychological safety.


By following these 5 tips, you’ll be able to create a team that is more than the sum of its parts. With a shared vision, strong communication, and a focus on continuous improvement, your team will be able to achieve great things.


You’ll see an increase in productivity, better decision-making, and a more positive work environment. Your organization will thrive on the collective brilliance, innovation, and shared vision that a high-performing team embodies.


 

Patrick Mensah, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Meet Patrick, a visionary entrepreneur who has turned his dreams into reality. Growing up in a fishing community in Ghana, Patrick learned the value of hard work at a young age, washing cars for older members of the community. This early experience instilled in him the discipline and work ethic that would become the foundation of his success. With over a decade of experience in building and partnering with successful businesses across the globe, Patrick is now the CEO of Wallstreet Investment, one of the fastest-growing companies in the UAE. His ability to lead, inspire and grow his team has been a key factor in his success.

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