High Performing Teams in Higher Education: How to Make Yours One of Them

High Performing Teams in Higher Education:
How to Make Yours One of Them

The challenges facing your department or division are going to take more than just one smart person to solve. It’s also going to take more than just getting a group of smart people together. You’re going to need a high performing team that has high trust, the capacity to make collaborative decisions, and the commitment to taking risks together.

Is your team reaching its full potential? What does a high performing team actually look like?

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What will make your team more effective? Here are 3 key areas to discuss with your team:

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How do I lead a high performing team?

The culture of higher ed is unique and nuanced. Leading a high performing team will require trust, transparency, and a commitment to collaborative decision making. Here are some trainings, workshops, and complimentary reports that can help you take a new approach to leading your team:

What if my team is dysfunctional?
How do I diagnose the problem? How do I fix it?

Collaborative decision making, transparency, accountability and mutual support, and team learning--these are the key items you will want to improve. Read a quick paper--or take a full assessment to get a deep diagnostic of your team.

The High Performing Teams Survey is based on a research-informed team effectiveness model that Academic Impressions has developed specifically for higher education.

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3 Characteristics of High Performing Teams

1. High performing teams have a high level of trust. They have faith in the competence and character of the other people on their team.

"In a high-trust environment," Pat Sanaghan explains, "you can do many things even with limited resources. But if you have low trust, even with high resources you can't get much done. To build trust, you need transparency with information -- especially around financial realities, decision-making roles, and process."


2. High performing teams live by the 65/35 rule. They are careful to not only allow time for tasks, but also dedicate 35% of their time to discussing the processes of how they will work together.


3. High performing teams don’t allow triangulation. When Person A is having a problem with Person C, he or she will to try to work through the issue directly rather than complaining or gossiping with Person B.