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TALENT MAGNET HPTs High-Performance Teams To spot a strong team, look for the teams that everyone wants to be on. Some people don't want to join a team that works longer and harder and has sky-high expectations. What are the top 9 traits of HPTs and how can we put them into action? EXAMPLE Google recruits people who have passion, intelligence and a “learning animal” mindset. TIP Look for potential stars who want to be on teams with high standards where they can demonstrate their skills and have a real impact.
HEALTHY HEATED DEBATES Heated debate doesn't cause HPTs to fragment. Instead of becoming more isolated during tough times, these teams actually gain strength and develop cohesion. HPTs contributed more equally to the team’s discussions, rather than letting 1 or 2 people Heated debate doesn't dominate the group. HEALTHY HEATED DEBATES cause HPTs to fragment. Instead of becoming more isolated during tough times, these teams actually gain strength and develop cohesion. HPTs contributed more equally to the team’s discussions, rather than letting 1 or 2 people dominate the group. TIP Talk and listen in roughly equal measure, keep contributions short. Members face one another, keep conversations and gestures energetic. EXAMPLE Opsware founder Ben Horowitz believes great TIP team managers spend 90% Talk and listen in roughly of the meeting listening and equal measure, keep 10% talking. contributions short. Members face one another, keep conversations and gestures energetic. EXAMPLE
DIVERSITY Diversity unlocks innovation and drives market growth. Most engaged teams welcome diversity of age, gender, and race, while disengaged teams may do the opposite. EXAMPLE Example: Apple has made diversity a priority by hiring 65% more women, 50% more Black and 66% more Hispanic employees. TIP TIP: Embrace diversity by putting teams together with different backgrounds, gender and strengths.
MIND READING HPT members scored higher on a test called Reading the Mind in the Eyes - measures how well people read complex emotional states from images of faces with only the eyes visible. People with high emotional IQ work well with others and are effective in leading change. EXAMPLE Google relies more on recruits with emotional intelligence rather than the grades they received in school TIP Find a suitable test or interview format to find people with higher emotional IQ. Ask your coworkers or friends to recommend people with high emotional IQ. TIP Hire and recruit more women on your team or company who also have other “high-performing” qualities EXAMPLE Intel, Facebook and Google are all committed to increasing the percentage of female employees.
MORE WOMEN TIP Hire and recruit more women on your team or company who also have other “high-performing” qualities Teams with more women outperformed teams with more men. It's not “diversity” that matters for a team’s intelligence, but simply having more women. It's partly explained by the fact that women, on average, are better at “mindreading” than men. EXAMPLE Intel, Facebook and Google are all committed to increasing the percentage of female employees.
LASER-LIKE FOCUS ON GOALS HPTs are able to keep the larger goal in view. Members of HPTs are consistently able to put what's best for the organization ahead of their own egos. They seek out evidence and try to remain as objective as possible. Once a decision is made, these teams are remarkably quick to rally around it. TIP Establish an overall goal and make it visible for the whole team. Set key metrics to measure it. EXAMPLE Google uses Objectives and Key Results method to set and measure their goals throughout the company.
DOING YOUR BEST EVERY DAY Most powerful commonality between HPTs is the belief that they are doing their best every day. TIP Help members to define their strengths and give tasks accordingly. EXAMPLE Deloitte set out a clear goal: “We want to spend more time helping people use their strengths”. Deloitte set out a clear goal: “We want to spend more time helping people use their strengths”. TIP
WORK-LIFE BALANCE Most successful teams have members who are highly engaged in their work and highly satisfied with their personal lives. EXAMPLE Mervyn Davies, former chairman of Standard Chartered's, said he took as much pride in the amount of time he spent with family as he did in his bank's extraordinary performance. TIP As hard as you work for the company, bring the same level of energy and intensity to your family and social life. Help members to define their strengths and give tasks accordingly.
GROUP ENGAGEMENT OUTSIDE FORMAL MEETINGS Best predictors of productivity are team's energy and engagement outside formal meetings. These two factors explained 1/3 of the variations in dollar productivity among groups. EXAMPLE A call center manager made the employees have a coffee break at the same time (8% efficiency increase overall, 20% increase in worst-performing teams) TIP Create communication opportunities for your team outside the formal environment
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