The 7 C's of High-Performing Teams
If the course is sufficiently clear and supported, it provides context for and guides the team’s actions. A clear course is a necessary condition for strategic success. These components form an internal directional system: purpose, vision, mission, strategy, goals, priorities, and action plans.
Commitment is the unwavering choice to support the team and the team’s objectives with one’s best personal efforts. This quality establishes the necessary conditions for individual and team excellence. High performance requires clear roles, responsibilities, accountabilities, and the explicit individual and group agreements that empower people to risk action in the face of uncertainty.
High-performance communications are facilitated when information and learning is shared among people and teams. When it is effective, it facilitates forward action and positive results. If ineffective, it creates chaos. High-performance communication is clear, consistent, timely, thorough, clear, and focused on the strategic imperatives of the business.
Character refers to the defining qualities and values of the team which guide decisions concerning internal and external constituencies of the organization. The values and behaviors modeled by leadership establish the tone and expectations for the entire organization, making it a place in which people feel proud to work. High character in indicated by the degree of congruity of actual behaviors candled against espoused values.
Change & Creativity
Change and Creativity are the dual processes through which people and organizations continuously enhance their effectiveness. A compelling business case for change outlines the big picture, and continuous improvement processes provide process improvement technologies to improve systems. Savvy leaders follow an enlightened approach to leading change by directly addressing the issues that create fear, resistance, and sabotage of the change initiative. This process stimulates creativity and innovation, and resistance evaporates.
Teamwork in a high-performance organization is demonstrated by people’s willingness to form partnerships beyond simple "win/win" outcomes to create synergistic gains for the business. Internal politics, competition, and conflict inhibit the open sharing of breakthrough ideas that are needed to solve difficult business problems. Beyond common goals, skills for conflict resolution, trust building, and effective decision-making are needed to create the optimal environment of mutual support.
Transformational Coaching (as defined in The Heart of Coaching) is the art of empowering people to improve their effectiveness, in a way in which they feel helped. This process engages the huge untapped potential within people and organizations by focusing energy on key performance objectives. Coaching, as a key component of leadership, brings out the best in people.