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4 Key Words That Describe Every Top Performing Team

Teams aren’t created equal.

Did you know? 10.6% of new US Marine Corps recruits fail the 13-week boot camp? Of those injured during training, 57% of men and 59% of women get discharged and sent home.

Add to that, 36% of new male recruits who fail to adapt to military life and 45% of female novices who just don’t make the cut and get asked to pack their bag and leave the base.

This leaves a fraction of the original group. There’s a reason the U.S. Marine Corps is considered the most elite defense force in the country.

So, what is it that sets apart top-performing teams from the rest?

I did some digging and here’s what I found out.

Top performing teams whether in business, sports, or elsewhere follow these four principles in some form or another. We’ve created a formula to help you remember these key words that describe top-performing teams: B.E.S.T.

Believe in organized leadership

Encourage collaborative teamwork

Set exciting larger-than-life visions

Take time to celebrate people and achievements

Let’s take a closer look at each of these important key words.

1. Believe in organized leadership

Former New Zealand All Black rugby captain-turned-McKinsey consultant, David Kirk says, “World-class teams are led by top performers.” A good example of a world-class company that’s being led by a top performer is Facebook, currently under the reigns of Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

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In her 10-year tenure as Facebook’s COO, Sandberg has grown the company’s total number of users to a staggering 2.38 billion people, and last year helped the company to gross an impressive $21 billion in market capitalization profits.

Top performing teams understand the value of getting the right person to lead the team. A good leader is ideally one who is a high achiever, someone with excellent leadership and management skills, and who can cast the vision and motivate people to rally behind it. Probably the biggest responsibility of a good leader is being able to nurture and build others.

2. Encourage collaborative teamwork

Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.” Steve Jobs

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When people know exactly what is expected of them, it removes ambiguity and makes it possible to develop a culture of accountability. If team members know what the standard is, what the entire team is striving to achieve, and how important their role on the team is, it serves to drive them to achieve more.

Top performing teams understand that it’s not so much about one person as it is about the entire team. Yes, such teams often have elite world-class people, but it is important to realize that a team doesn’t have to be entirely made up of exceedingly talented people in order to be the best.

American actor Lewis B. Ergen puts it this way, “The ratio of We’s to I’s is the best indicator of the development of a team.” (Click to Tweet)

3. Set larger-than-life visions

The general consensus about exceptional teams is that they set larger-than-life visions. Visions so big that they frighten and yet excite team members at the same time. Such visions often require tremendous self-sacrifice in terms of time and effort.

It is sharing in this common mission and vision that drives and unites top-performing teams such as NASA’s Apollo II. A vision so big – Man landing on the moon – that it took one of the largest teams ever put together – 400,000 people to make it a reality.

Astronauts, scientists, technicians, and engineers everyone putting in their level best to ensure that this groundbreaking vision was full-filled.

4. Take time to celebrate people and achievements

We’ve all seen the way McLaren or Ferrari Formula One racing team members celebrate whenever they win the Grand Prix. Champagne bottles are popped, drivers are hoisted up and paraded, ribbons are strewn everywhere. All you’re seeing is a team that’s enjoying the fruits of their hard labor.

Studies have shown that teams that take the time to celebrate milestones – no matter how small – are teams that tend to have stronger collaboration and relationships. Lack of appreciation in the workplace is one of the leading causes most people quit their jobs. People don’t leave their jobs, they leave ungrateful bosses. Great teams celebrate people and achievements in style.

The good news – it’s possible to build a top-performing team

If your team cannot be described using the B.E.S.T. formula it’s probably time you did something about it. Remember, great teams can be built, with a little determination, effort, and skill. We’re happy to show you how. ChopRoom is a leading team building firm that offers you creative and fun ways to bring the team together while learning invaluable lessons.

Want to learn more? Contact us today!

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