Elements of a Healthy Team

I have written all week about team idleness. Check out more of the posts on the home page of this blog.  I thought it was equally important to share some thoughts about what makes up a healthy team. Obviously that is our goal. Here are some quick elements of healthy teams:

Agreed upon mission: everyone knows where the organization wants to go and what a win looks like.

Right people: The people on the team are the correct fit for the role they have been assigned and have the proper training to complete their assignment.

Ample resources: Regardless of the awesomeness of a team, if the team lacks adequate resources it will never achieve its full potential. (Take it from a former small business owner…no matter how good your employees are cash is king!)

Consistent pace: Healthy teams can’t move too fast or they burnout. If they move to slow they stagnate. There will always be highs and lows with any team, but healthy teams find the right balance for the team and find ways to continue to grow.

Accountability: Teams fail when no one holds the members accountable for success. There are very few people who can continue to function well without a structure in place to insure consistent progress.

Healthy teams reach their full potential and guard against team idleness. Here’s my challenge for you and I to build healthy teams.

What suggestions do you have for building healthy teams?

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6 thoughts on “Elements of a Healthy Team

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  2. Teams that have worked together for some time develop their own culture…just as families do. Defining, articulating that culture can be a powerful tool to use in further team development.

    To ask “who are we, what are we about and what do we value” takes a team to a deeper place of assessment than simply asking “what is our mission statement or our goal?”

    Self reflection of this sort is personal and intimate.
    It can pull a team into tight consensus.
    It can hone focus like nothing else.
    It can provide razor sharpness for identifying problems and suggesting solutions.

    Understanding your team’s culture puts you in a position, as a group, to be able to refine it or totally change it…a real power position!