TeamsLike individuals, Performance Avenues can easily be applied to how teams perform. First, we recommend that co-workers share their Performance Types with each other, unless there is a concern that doing so would affect one's work environment, employment status, or promotional potential. This openness can be very helpful in figuring out who is going to do what on a team.
Secondly, remember that a team evolves into group thinking and acting in tackling its task. Review these key functions of your team and see how well it is doing on each avenue. Then go back and answer the questions at the end of each heading. Most things actually get accomplished by teams so it's critical that a team knows its orientation to its Performance Avenues. For example, does your team innovate by group "testing," manage with consistent "patterns," and promote by interactive "openness"?
There are many ways a team can function better, but working with its avenues sets in motion the other dynamics required for successful interaction and execution. The five key questions that follow need to be asked and answered at the beginning of any task and also, to stay on course, periodically during its work together.
Click onto The Network tab to see how individuals on the right Performance Avenues, with the right understanding of how to use their avenues, can work well together to effectively accomplish the team's task at hand.
>>> Leading with DirectionA team needs to know where it's headed, monitor that direction, and not be afraid to change it if and when a better one comes into view. Teams often get distracted and drift off course from the destination. The team needs to build a consensus on their purpose and strategy that sets a clear direction with everybody onboard. A team is a motley crew that excels if it becomes cohesive, collaborative and motivated by rallying around its Leader and the team's direction.
Is our team fixed on a clear and agreed to direction?
>>> Learning with AwarenessA team needs to have a collective curiosity and be aware of the facts, figures and information that bear on its mission. It needs to create an early learning environment that puts everything on the table and a process that looks at many alternative approaches and solutions. The next step is for the team to focus on thinking logically and deliberately and feeling intuitively and daringly (we make decisions with our emotions) to get to the most rational and wise resolutions.
Does our team know enough and process knowledge well enough to get the job done?
>>> Innovating with TestingA team is a lab. It's an incubator for idea energy that bursts forth from an excited team. This team lab does its testing by trial and error, playing devil's advocate, adding value to an existing idea, and following a thread to a good sometimes unintended consequence. Everybody on a team needs to feel comfortable floating balloons in the air – some are tapped down gently, some hang there for a while. This vibrant process repeats itself with ever increasing drive and enthusiasm.
Is our team a lab that tests new ideas in an encouraging atmosphere?
>>> Managing with PatternsA team's direction, awareness and testing need to be molded into workable patterns – that is, operational systems that are both consistent and flexible. There needs to be a beehive-like element to interpreting strategies, setting goals, executing plans, making decisions, problem solving, and innovating that are all focused on the desired outcomes. A lockstep patterned process insures the synergy and success of the team – a team that is better than any of its members.
Does our team work with consistent patterns?
>>> Promoting with OpennessA team is a short stack of open books. It needs to let it all hang out in an interactive process that is earnest, patient, accepting, embracing, eager and amusing. There is no fear or intimidation for team members to speak up or ask "dumb" questions. Honesty, humility and trust are part of the mix too. This type of natural free-flowing exchange is the only way to fully engage the whole brain of a team whose members are then happy to kick back and read each other's books.
Is our team interactive with total openness?