The "secret" behind the world's high performing teams right now (hint: it's right outside your window)
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How can you up your team’s performance without micromanaging or stressing them out?
The last thing you want to do is to become some kind of strict, school teacher leader, standing behind them cracking the whip (and the reality is, that never works).
But you know that you could be performing better. You see other teams in organisations like yours with more creativity, more focus and better results…
It’s not that you don’t try. You read articles on productivity in Forbes and HBR every week. Your door is always open… and you hope your people know that. You’re constantly checking-in and being supportive, especially when everyone’s working from home.
And yet you’re not seeing the results you know your team is capable of.
Where exactly are you going wrong? You think you’re doing everything right, so what’s the big secret that you’re missing?
Top-performing teams understand the power of nature
The secret to creating a high-performing team doesn’t lie in switching from Asana to Basecamp. Or thinking up new KPIs. Or even in more away days (even if you do choose a jaw-dropping hotel conference room to run them in…)
The “secret” to a high-performing team is in learning from nature.
Our ancestors did this naturally, because nature was all they had. When you’re working together to kill a mammoth, you really need to perform well under pressure and work to each others’ strengths.
And while we’re not killing mammoths any more, we’re still the same humans. We’ve evolved to work collaboratively in small groups, in which everyone is equally valued. We’re designed to solve problems together, not just in nature, but because of nature.
Author & Curator
Nigel Berman is the founder of School of the Wild.