The 6 Benchmarks of High Performance Teams

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

In 1996 , 51% of US employees were reported to be members of team. As our world becomes more complex, the need for teams will continue to grow. Our research* revealed six Benchmarks of Team Excellence: 1) Alignment: Alignment around a shared vision.

7 Benchmarks Towards Success in an Organization

Ron Edmondson

While nothing worth doing well is ever easy, there are certain benchmarks we can aim for which seem to exist in successful organizations I’ve observed. Here are 7 benchmarks towards success in an organization: There is a clear vision and strategy. There are clear goals in place.

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Empowering The Quiet Team Leader

Great Leadership By Dan

Your team is on overdrive. A team member with a trait, a quirk that gets under your skin. And it’s costing you and the team time and energy. Team engagement is always critical. It is natural to go for the obvious team drivers: the alpha, the verbalizer, the workhorse.

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Your Team & You Are The Benchmark…Not The Competition

Create Learning

When problems arise within teams, we feel the solutions are found with the other guy – what our competitors are doing must be better. We should spend more time benchmarking what we do really well. You are the benchmark; Where are you now?

Smart Benchmarking Starts with Knowing Whom to Compare Yourself To

Harvard Business Review

Comparing your organization to peers – also known as benchmarking – lets you understand how you’re doing, identify performance gaps and opportunities to improve, and highlight peer achievements that you could emulate, or your own achievements to be celebrated.

LIFE Leadership TEAM

Orrin Woodward

With MonaVie providing their world-class products in the Fitness category and TEAM's top leadership trainers providing content for the other F's, LIFE is setting growth records! Our goal is to build a business and help people, not hurt any current companies. The goal then, is to grow an organic community that reaches one million people. The TEAM leaders dreamed of an opportunity to change this industry, and we have paid dearly for the opportunity do so.

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The Best Team Building & Leadership Provider.

Create Learning

Continuing with the goal of making teams and leaders better here are some resources that will help you in working with your team or team building & leadership provider. Plus ways you can assist the team in connecting what is done in the program to the workplace. Case Studies of Leadership & Team Coaching Processes. 5 Questions for Processing Team Building. Team Building Activities and Application to work: Nail Balance.

DiSC Team Activity: Steady Changing S–Steadiness Development Activity

Create Learning

DiSC Team Building & Leadership simulations and activities can add application and understanding to your existing programs. Below is one example of a DiSC Team Development activity other development options; Using DiSC to create a shared language of team performance.

Management Styles

Strategy Driven

Other important components of business (training, marketing, research, team building and productivity) were all accomplished according to goals, objectives and tactics.

Communicating a Corporate Vision to Your Team

Harvard Business Review

Amit* manages a team of 40 people around the globe for a massive tech company. Amit’s team felt deflated. You and Your Team. Leading Teams. There are two things to remember when trying to communicate an organizational vision to your team.

To Reach Your Goals, Make a Mental Movie

Harvard Business Review

This evidence suggests that to reach your goals first write them down, and then determine different possible ways of achieving them. But, as easy as it sounds, simply closing your eyes and imagining yourself accomplishing a goal or leading a team to do so may feel challenging for a number of reasons. What if I have missed my targets for several quarters, and trying to imagine getting to my goal is anxiety-provoking?”. As a start, define your goal.

Stop Thinking “Productivity” — Start Thinking “Problem Solving”

Lead Change Blog

Benchmarking, finding new “best practices,” and implementing broad Management of Change documents. The firm performed a benchmarking study between many aspects of this business and its peers: they found about 15% total possible price improvement, with about 10% of that being “achievable.”

Value-Added Leadership

Strategy Driven

Values, customs, beliefs, goals, objectives, benchmarking. Value-added leadership requires a senior team commitment. You have and regularly update-benchmark a strategy for the future, shared company Vision, ethics, Big Picture thinking and “walk the talk.” Plan and Benchmark. Every company has stakeholders, though a few with their own proprietary interests chart the course in their own vision, or lack thereof.

Asking the Right Questions Often Leads to the Best Answer

Leading Blog

By asking more of these questions – of yourself and others -- you articulate goals, set benchmarks and assess risk. They ask about long-term goals, interests, and priorities. Is the goal in your best interests?

How SMART Goals Can Increase Employee Engagement: Guest Post

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

How SMART Goals Can Increase Employee Engagement. We recommend the use of SMART goals for a more thorough and reliable tool for increasing employee engagement. What is a SMART goal? SMART goals are essentially detailed, measurable plans with a deadline attached to them.

Experts Share Advice on Inspiring Breakthrough Results: A Frontline Festival

Let's Grow Leaders

Next month’s Festival is all about “Spring Cleaning” for your leadership or team (e.g. Unlimited gives pointers on setting goals with your team that will achieve breakthrough results. How does your team stack up?

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The Big Picture of Business: Goal Setting… An Important Part of Strategic Planning.

Strategy Driven

Human beings live to attract goals. Organizations get people caught in activity traps…unless managers periodically pull back and reassess in terms of goals. Managers lose sight of their employees’ goals. Mutually agreed-upon goals are vital.

Talent Pool Development and Mentor Training Process

Create Learning

Internal benchmarking of existing talents based upon determined potential; skilled-knowledge, complexity-management; value of the work. Using this benchmark to determine based upon above what skills and competencies are needed to be successful in identified future management positions.

The Daily Sales Checklist of Successful Sales Managers

The Kini Group

Or, “What can I do with my afternoon to truly impact my team and my company?”. To help you keep an eye on what’s important in your business, my team and I have put together a list of ten tasks to accomplish every single day. Check In On Overall Team Goals.

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Overcoming Leadership Myopia

Michael Lee Stallard

Another well-respected organization, the Corporate Executive Board, came out with a research report last year that showed 90 percent of employees are either not aligned with organizational goals or not engaged and giving their best efforts. All the Six-Sigma, Lean, benchmarking and metrics in the world won’t help us lead people if we fail to recognize these realities. Howard Behar and Michael Lee Stallard. American leaders need to wake up and smell the coffee.

Finding The Energy To Do More With Less

Lead Change Blog

I was serving a team that was feeling a lot like that. The number of objectives the team was responsible for and the goals for each objective were increasing. Like every team under pressure, we had choices: We could throw our hands up and surrender.

10 Pointers to Build Comfort Within The Team


Home Go to Guest Posts Disclaimer 10 Pointers to Build Comfort Within The Team It pains to see teams where people work on a common goal but don’t get along well with each other. We work in teams and knowing how to get along well with others is extremely crucial.

How Do You Define Friendship At Work?

Create Learning

Aristotle suggested that friendship, like successful team membership, has three components: They must enjoy one another’s company. Team Members Must Enjoy One Another’s Company. What does it mean to enjoy another team member’s company? Team Members Must be Useful to One Another.

Are you crushing employee engagement – without even knowing it?

Managers are Heroes

Without clear benchmarks, they have no way to measure whether they’re pulling their share of the load. Without that knowledge, it’s tough to feel like part of the team. Employee engagement is a little like the weather.

90 Powerful Ways to Become a Highly Successful Leader

Lead from Within

What are the functional roles within your team? Make sure you understand the value proposition of your team, your company and those who you work with you. Set goals and objectives; outline concerns and problems that you will deal with. Speak To Your Team. Introduce yourself personally to each member of your team, and schedule an individual meeting. Up” includes each member of the executive team or your boss’s peers who control access to resources you need.

Work with Who Your People Are, Not Who You’d Like Them to Be

Great Leadership By Dan

And yet, most leaders and managers are too busy outlining what they want, what they need, what they require, that we forget to create buy in by anchoring our goals in line with the values of those we lead.

Past, Present, Future Planning Steps Video

Create Learning

Respect for the Past we all have one, so do teams and companies. Internal Benchmarking; Where are you now? 1- Goal #1. 1.1 – First strategy to reach goal #1.

The Big Picture of Business – Corporate Cultures Reflect Business Progress and Growth.

Strategy Driven

Other important components of business (training, marketing, research, team building and productivity) were all accomplished according to goals, objectives and tactics. Customer focused management is dedicated to providing members with an opportunity to identify, document and establish best practices through benchmarking to increase value, efficiencies and profits.

Deep Motivations, Not Competencies, Drive Leadership Performance

The Empowered Buisness

You could easily predict the performance of your leaders, your teams and your organization ? Goal Orientation. Goal orientation is one of 2 patterns that reflect your direction motivation. High performing leaders tend to score high on goal orientation. What if….

Lights, Camera, Action!

Erika Andersen

It’s such a pleasure to work with them – I’m finding out so much, both about film-making and about great teams. They work together like a dance ensemble or a sports team: fluent, continuous hand-offs of action and responsibility, graceful and frictionless. Observing a great team is really fun; getting to work with them is even more fun. I love being around people who are good at things.

The September 2012 Leadership Development Carnival NFL Kick-off Edition

Great Leadership By Dan

I asked each leadership blogger to give me their favorite NFL team. Posts are organized by NFL team conferences and divisions. Those that did not provide a team were slotted under a random team. The Patriots seem to be the leadership blogger's team of choice.

Successful Fundraising: getting chosen over the competition

Strategy Driven

You’ve created a terrific pitch deck, have a highly competent management team and terms, and have identified donor prospects with major gift potential. Ultimately, investors choose opportunities based on their own idiosyncratic choice criteria; your marketing efforts may be entering the wrong way, with the wrong goal, offering the right data and asking the right questions at the wrong time. Your important nonprofit or exciting startup helps the world be a better place.

The November 2011 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Jennifer Miller presents Tag-Team Workplace Coaching posted at The People Equation saying "This is a story that shows that sometimes the best workplace coaching comes from someone other than a person’s boss". A plan is a judgment about the best way to go about achieving an intended goal.".

What Are Your Needs?


Needs drive decision-making, so it pays for leaders to know not only what their own needs are, but what their team members’ needs are as well. In the process, I invite you to consider how you’re meeting your needs and your team members’ needs. What are your needs?

45 Ways to Improve Your Customer Churn Rate

The Kini Group

Here are 45 different ways for your team to reduce churn, at every step of the customer management process. Make it obvious that you care about their needs and want to help them succeed in their goals. Then demonstrate how it will solve their problems and help them realize their goals.

The Big Picture of Business – Visioning Scope: Applying Vision Toward Your Organization’s Progress

Strategy Driven

The last draft of the statement will be an executive summary of collective ideas and works of the Visioning team. Identify strategic objectives and goals. Tactics feed into objectives, which feed into goals, which feed into strategy, which feeds into Vision.

Your Company Needs a More-Radical Board of Directors

Harvard Business Review

And second, they need to ensure that – even with respect to strategy and operations – board scrutiny doesn’t result in an over-emphasis on conforming to benchmarks and industry norms. I’m not against benchmarking and norming.

A Guide to Managing a Volunteer Workforce

Harvard Business Review

Though they have a big goal they want to achieve, they introduce peaks and plateaus on the way to it. Peaks are short-term actions that move a campaign closer to its big goal — a massive protest or a targeted boycott, for example.

Who are you competing against? Part 1 of 2.

Reiter Thinks

The schools train for about six to eight weeks and arrive at the 24 hour event ready to test their skills against the other twenty to forty teams. I was lucky enough to have the honor to coach one of those teams. It takes a team to build this bridge. We needed to set some goals.

A Non-Profit Board’s AHA Moment

Lead Change Blog

This post is part of our 2017 Team Buzz Builder Guest Blogger Series. All of our efforts to advance our goals are futile if we don’t have new leaders ready to jump onboard. We need internal benchmarks and a leadership scorecard for our leadership team.