The Better Teams Model


In order to create a better team you have to know what makes a better team, right? We’ve created the Better Teams model to demonstrate what attributes are required. Each “facet” is important in its own right but really depends on the others for maximum team performance. We suggest starting with this model to evaluate what steps you need to make to better your team.

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How Is Your Team Performing?


The path to a better team is paved with good intentions. By being part of the Better Teams community you have demonstrated your commitment to a better team. The next step is to determine which facets of the model require your attention. We’ve included some key thought starters within each of the better team pillars to begin your assessment.

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Aligned

You’ve probably heard this before (for good reason). Your team must be aligned on purpose, process, people.

Ask yourself:

  • Are the team goals and individual roles & responsibilities clear?
  • Does the team have defined processes for how they will work together?
  • Are team members willing to work together to continually align and resolve differences?

Happy

Intrinsic motivation comes from doing what we love and loving how we do it.

Ask yourself:

  • Does the team demonstrate positive attitudes that are open-minded, respectful and optimistic?
  • Is the team motivated, inspired and willing to engage?
  • Are team members fulfilled and experiencing personal growth?

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Ready

Readiness is not a specific milestone to be reached. Rather, it is continuous assessment, tuning and re-calibration (as necessary) to meet the demands of an always changing business environment.

Ask yourself:

  • Are people on the team invested, committed and empowered?
  • Is the team able to adapt to change effectively?
  • Does the team have the skills, resources and training necessary to accomplish the goal?

Trust

The bedrock of all great teams. You simply can’t achieve your goal of a better team without it. Ideally, the trust factor grows with each and every team interaction. Conversely, it can diminish just as easily.

Ask yourself:

  • Do team members believe others on the team act with integrity?
  • Does the team believe the purpose is worthwhile?
  • Does the team believe the established processes will get them to the goal?
  • Does the team trust the skills and abilities of their teammates?

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Leadership

Leadership is the glue that binds a great team. It does not live with a single person (even when someone is designated the lead), but is expressed through the actions of all team members.

Ask yourself:

  • Do the leader(s) provide direction on the purpose and goals of the team?
  • Do team members demonstrate leadership in their individual work efforts?
  • Do leader(s) have the team’s back?
  • Do leaders(s) inspire the team and model desired behaviors?