Tips for performance teamwork

  1. Treat teamwork as a skill in its own right, recognise that it takes time together and practice. It is a skill that can be improved like anything else.

  2. All teams are not the same: if it feels like you’re not it doing well, you’re probably right. Get some outside guidance, particularly if you find that unproductive patterns are repeating.

  3. Take time out to sort out the longer wave rhythms of company development. You need a shared agenda.

  4. It's what you can't talk about that holds you back. Face up to what one of my clients called 'the white rhino in the corner'. It gets bigger and uglier if you don't deal with it.

  5. Talent is first base, but temperament makes teams work. Someone who is negative or dismissing can take 40% off your performance level.

  6. Listening is at least as important as talking.

  7. The best teams have robust discussions, come to a resolution, and then act.

  8. Eliminate ambiguity about who is responsible for what. Not delivering on what has been agreed damages trust. Trust grows where fear is eliminated.

  9. Listen out for stereotyping of each other and in your own thinking.

  10. Team leadership with talented professionals is about trust and light-touch, not dictatorship. Emotions and feelings are legit material for management discussions. Get good at emotional intelligence.