“A champion teams understands the collective best, not the individual best.”
The Company Leading Teams empowers high performance teams and leaders by using their simplistic model to facilitate cultural change. In saying that, you know there is depth behind a ‘simplistic model’ when you hear that Leading Teams requested their interviewees to bring three items of personal significance to the first round of interviews during their recruitment process. You will need to listen to this week’s podcast to hear exactly where the interview process went from there!
It was the simplicity of Leading Teams’ working model that was a real game changer for Tim Ferguson. He joined the team with 14 years experience in Business Development and a background in Vocational Education and Training. Tim played a major role in The Gordon becoming the most commercially successful TAFE Institute in Australia and now, as a Director and Facilitator at Leading Teams, he focuses on building teams which are chasing high performance results. Tim has always been interested in team performance, both in sporting and corporate environments, particularly in regard to what makes teams really work, or not work, when striving towards a common goal.
As a child Tim played sport and, although he supports the ‘fake football’ (Aussie Rules), as opposed to the ‘real football’ (soccer), he still learnt the value of being around teams and sharing their successes and failures. Throughout his career Tim has seen that the key to building successful teams is for individuals to develop a lack of self-interest as, for teams to be successful, everyone must put the team before themselves. Rowing is the perfect example of this where success comes from a collective not an individual best.
High performing teams have the ability to consider what the other people need and strive to play a role in supporting those needs in order to achieve the team’s purpose. Therefore, establishing a clear purpose is imperative and is not to be confused with the common goal and/or trying to achieve a result.
Purpose dictates how the team or organisation is set up, for example, a Coach sets out to either develop the kids in the team or to win games of football. They will use distinctive management strategies and utilise the players differently depending on the desired purpose. This example also enforces the important role leaders, both those with the title and those with strong influence, play in building high performance teams within the Leading Teams empowerment model.
Leading Teams aren’t technical experts in the organisations they work in, what they have is an understanding of how to create an environment that allows a high performing culture to flourish. During this week’s episode, Tim shares the ‘dynamics’ which are necessary to focus on during the set up and emphasises the importance of establishing a behavioural framework which ultimately relates to the culture of the organisation.
He talks us through the feedback structure which is crucial to the Leading Teams model as well as the steps needed to create trust and build genuine and strong professional relationships.
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