Teams are the critical performance unit of any organization. As companies all over the world are reorganizing or restructuring to better navigate the pandemic and the economic crisis it triggered, resetting from one of the biggest shocks since the Great Depression, teams will no doubt become leaner and feel heightened pressure to perform better than ever. That’s true across the board but particularly important for leadership teams, for whom the stakes are at their highest. Getting teams motivated and providing the support employees need to perform at their best will have a positive impact not only on their results, but also on the overall organizational culture.

Accelerating teams are teams that are able to perform at a higher level and achieve better results than other teams. These teams do the following better:

  1. Clear goals: They have clear and measurable goals, which give them a sense of direction and purpose.
  2. Good communication: They have open and effective communication, which helps to build trust and alignment among team members.
  3. Strong leadership: They have strong leadership, which provides guidance and direction, and helps to create a positive team culture.
  4. Collaboration: They work well together, collaborate effectively, and support each other to achieve common goals.
  5. Continuous improvement: They continuously learn and improve, embrace change, and adapt to new circumstances.
  6. Empowerment: They are empowered to make decisions, take ownership of their work, and take risks.
  7. Focus on results: They are results-oriented, focused on delivering results, and have a track record of success.
  8. Innovation: They are creative, innovative, and always looking for ways to do things better.
  9. Diversity: They have diverse perspectives, skills, and experiences, which helps them to tackle challenges and find new solutions.
  10. Adaptability: They are adaptable, able to handle uncertainty and change, and able to pivot when necessary.

Accelerating teams are able to perform at a higher level and achieve better results because they have a strong foundation of skills, capabilities, and behaviors that enable them to work effectively together and achieve their goals. By developing and nurturing these skills, organizations can build high-performing teams that can drive performance, innovation, and growth.