The Rhythm of Great Teams

1-2-3. 5-6-7. Every song has a distinct beat in salsa that a dancer listens to carefully to stay on rhythm.

Similarly, every team has its own rhythm – its own norms, systems and ways of getting work done.

Time and time again, great teams stand out from the rest because they communicate regularly and often. They are nimble. They innovate more. And they are happier too.

Great teams are successful because they have embedded the following three practices in their DNA:

  1. They seek, give and receive thoughtful feedback. Great teams know how to communicate feedback. They know that feedback is not the same as criticism and shy away from platitudes such as “you’re not a team player.” Instead, their feedback focuses on performance. As a result, great teams are committed to being and doing better.
  2. They harness the power of emotional intelligence. Great teams know that we feel emotions all the time – whether we are aware of it or not. They realize that our emotions are data that help us better understand ourselves and others. They use emotional intelligence to lead meetings, communicate change, and inspire others…
  3. They celebrate and lean on diverse personality styles. Great teams know we are all different – and that different does not necessarily mean difficult. Great teams tune into each member’s strengths and regularly engage in candid dialogue. They value the diversity of experiences and perspectives of each member, and this diversity is the breeding ground for innovation.

Great teams invest in their employees because they know that employees are an organization’s most valuable asset. Research shows that thriving employees are more committed to the organization and more satisfied with their jobs. Thriving employees are at the heart of great teams and great teams are the building blocks of a great organization that achieves (and surpasses) its goals.

At OnBeat Consulting, we specialize in training on effective feedback that builds great teams; leading with emotional intelligence; and communicating with different personality styles. Connect with us to learn more!

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