High-performance teams are not developed through either great times or hard times alone.
Rather, high-performance teams are built through a solid commitment to each other working through many great AND hard times.
In that way, high-performance teams are much like skilled mountain climbers. Mountain climbers gain altitude not by simply going up the mountain. Rather, they make numerous ascents and descends. It is that process that allows trains their body to work at high altitudes where the air is thin (Leading From Your Strengths).
The challenge for teams is to work through numerous hard times while still being committed to the team.
It is quite easy to tolerate the differences in team members when things are going great. But as we all know, everything goes well until it doesn't. It is at that moment that high-performance teams lean in to the frustration, disappointment and pain. They do not pretend that they experience is pleasant. They do not just 'put on a brave face.' Yet they are ruthlessly committed to each other, the team, and results.
Without that level of commitment most teams have fractures, and people quit far before the team has reach high-performance status.
Don Cruickshank, MALM (Masters in Leadership & Management)
*Certified in Team Leadership
*Leading From Your Strengths Certified Trainer, Coach, Consultant
- Empowering individuals and organizations towards creating successful futures