The most critical component in building a high-performance team is a clear, common, compelling task.
Some stress the need for interpersonal relationships… but this is the wrong emphasis. Connections and community among a team are important characteristics, but these attributes will be evident once the main task is clear. A team that is highly connected but has an unclear task will not accomplish much and will get frustrated.
Clarify the single goal for the team and you will be powerful! Does each team member know the task? Is the task clear and achievable? Is there clarity around the roles of each team member? Does the task compel the team to greater heights?
Without a clear, common, and compelling task, you are no longer a team, but a group.
Just finished reading a great book called The Performance Factor: Unlocking the Secrets of Teamwork and some of these thoughts were inspired by it.
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