The 7 Stages of Developing a High Performance Team
Developing a team can be one of the largest challenges a leader can face. Balancing commitment, skill sets, communication and end goals can be overwhelming if there is no roadmap for progressing the teams development.
Thankfully Allan Drexler and David Sibbet, developed a framework for understanding team development that provides all of us with a stepwise approach to team building. The Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance Model is based on the concept of a bouncing ball where we begin the team building process up in the air where the “ideas” live and bounce off the ground into “reality”.
The process begins with four stages of team creation where many times we bounce back and forth from one stage to the previous until our answers become more clear and realizations for involvement, commitment and the goals of the team are set:
1. Orientation– What is our mission and picture of success, and why am I here?
2. Trust Building– Who is with me here and what are the skill sets and competencies we bring to this team? Trust requires a relationship and takes time.
3. Goal Clarification– What are our targets and roles? What’s yours, mine and ours?
4. Commitment-How will we work together? Let’s get all in!
As we progress through the four stages of team creation we then reach the three stages of performance. In these stages we begin to implement and master our process becoming heavily invested in the task at hand:
5. Implementation– Who does what, when where? (By the way most people want to jump here right after forming, only to find out that we bounce back to earlier stages and are less productive)
6. High Performance– This is the time when we are literally reading the minds of our teammates, anticipating their needs and moves and becoming a seamless supportive unit. It makes us want to stay in this zone forever. This stage is what we call the “WOW” that results from having a high performance team.
7. Renewal– Just when you have it all figured out, things change. A new member has joined the team or a important member has left. Or perhaps there are changes coming from the external environment which have us question whether what we were doing in the past will enable us to be successful in the future. Its time to re-orient and begin the cycle again right back to stage 1. What is or mission or vision, and why am I here.
This road map is invaluable for teams. What’s critical to remember is that when stages are unresolved teams are limited. When stages are resolved the sky’s the limit!
Concentrics works with groups in retreat settings and through personal coaching to help you deepen your understanding of how to progress through these stages. We guide leaders and member through coaching and group facilitation to become high performance teams. We would be pleased to help if you need support. Call us at 610-696-3950. Or e-mail us at email@example.com.