Building High Performance Teams
A high performance team delivers rapid repeatable results.
The basic premise behind teams is that the “whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Hence, teams are quicker and more effective than each of the “expert” individual members who comprise it.
High performance teams are like their namesake engines. They are used for rapid response to a high value problem. For that reason, they are also known as “tiger” teams.
These teams are not “tuned” for “heavy lifting” or the “long haul”.
If the problem requires large scale planning and deployment, a high performance team may not be suitable for it much like a Ferrari would not be suitable as a stretch limo or “mom’s taxi” for that matter.
Similarly, these teams quickly form, respond and go away. They are not suited for extended duty. Again, much like a Lamborghini would be useless as a mini-van to haul the family for a cross country vacation!
So when and where should a leader use such a team in the business context?
1) Suddenly and unexpectedly your network crashed. Both internal and external operations came to a grinding halt. Your response?
a. Get the network back on its feet
b. Put together a team that identifies the root cause of this problem in 4-6 weeks
2) The organization needs to pare down its budget by 10%. Your response?
a. Put together a tiger team to quickly identify the areas where this 10% will come from with the least impact on organizational capability to deliver value
b. Charge the “regular” team with taking these recommendations a step further instituting policies, signing contracts etc. to embed them into the processes and structure of the organization
c. The former is a quick response, short burst activity. The latter is a long haul heavy lifting activity.
3) NASA has a team of people building the space shuttle. Its might put together a tiger team to solve the “foam” problem that brought down Columbia.
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Posted on 06/02/2009 by