Truly high performing teams are still all too rare in the business world, but nevertheless this remains the aspiration of most businesses and team heads.
High performing teamwork can deliver so much for the individuals, the team and the overall business in both financial and qualitative terms, so rightly is a viable aspiration in which many businesses invest.
High performing teams are also considered to be one of the key outputs of great leadership, and a robust measurement of the effectiveness of any leader.
But how do you create and develop a high performing team?
There is no doubt that there are a series of standard characteristics or principles that define and enable high performing teams, and many of these are very relevant regardless of the industry, the type of size of team, or the individuals within it.
That said, teams that are serious about becoming high performing, must define much of what it means and how they achieve it for themselves. There are a variety of activities that teams can undertake to do that, but getting teams together, away from the ‘day job’ to discuss, define, feed back, assess, challenge, plan and implement is an essential activity.
Many of our clients report that this is so much more effective when team days are externally facilitated, and we have helped many teams to dramatically improve what they do, and how they do it.
So team away days or team development days if properly designed and facilitated, can be a very robust way of getting a group of people to achieve this or any other aim. Whilst the specific intricacies can be almost limitless, away days tend to work well to achieve any of the following:
- People in a team understanding themselves and each other better, so that they can work more effectively and collaboratively as a unit
- A team defining their own version of what a high performing team looks and feels like, and agreeing a plan to achieve it over time
- Cross team representatives coming together to understand the priorities and challenges of other teams so as to help core components of the organisation to work more effectively together
- A team of people working on identifying and solving a specific challenge or problem that requires a breadth of perspectives, some time to step back and the working through of a structured approach
- A team of people, such as a board of directors working on and completing a business plan that everyone buys into
Away days can also have an element of social activity, anything from walking, to go karting to going out for a meal and so on. Whilst we at PDW Group don’t supply these social aspects, we can of course work with you to design any type of away day which may incorporate those things.
We hold many client away days at our development centre in Nottingham, and also have good connections with a number of centres around the UK which provide specific solutions such as a focus on the outdoors or on specific activities.
Just let us know where you want to go in the UK, and what type of activities you want to do and we can tailor it exactly to your needs.