Characteristics of high-performance teams

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An overwhelming majority of respondents think that their organization’s ability to develop and manage teams will be essential for their future competitiveness. They also agree that teams are the best way to address increasingly complex problems.

Which of the following do you consider to be the key attributes of a high-performance team?

EY - Key attributes of a high-performance team

“It’s important for companies to define what they mean by high performance teams and then to embed that in a more consistent way, transferring best practice from one team to another so that it evolves into a high performance culture.”
                        — Mike Cullen, Global Talent Leader, EY

Our research shows that teams that possess three broad characteristics are more likely to achieve the high performance for which companies are striving:

  • A shared vision: With a clear goal in mind for the team as a whole, individual members are able to establish a clear line of sight between their specific day-to-day responsibilities and the broader, long-term objectives of the business.
  • The right mix: Dealing with today’s complex business problems requires companies to think more broadly about team composition. Today, technology and globalization have encouraged companies to look further afield by recruiting members from different organizational functions and geographical regions of the world.
  • Commitment to quality and results: High-performance teams have a shared commitment to quality and results. They focus on achieving the highest standards and the best outcome, and are aligned behind achieving this goal.

Which of the following do you consider to be the key attributes of a high-performance team?

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