As an Executive Coach I’m frequently being approached by clients wanting to talk about the performance and productivity of their team(s). This is an especial worry given the pressures businesses and organisations are under to control or cut costs whilst increasing output and productivity. Teams everywhere are being exhorted to new heights and performance targets.
The pressure for many people seems unrelenting, and constant turmoil and change arising from reorganization can lead to serious staff disengagement with the subsequent effect on team performance.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) reiterates why employees disengage in the workplace.
“Engagement was identified as a major driver of performance…”:
- Highest engagement comes with variety, autonomy and meaningfulness in job roles.
- Engagement with one’s line manager and colleagues are also critical factors and a high driver of engagement, including the ability to voice concerns as well as working with good colleagues.
- Being engaged in one’s organisation and being well treated, and the company reputation were moderate positives, but for some the motivation was clearly financial.
So if you’re leading a team and require support to become a more effective leader, or urgently need to significantly improve your team(s) output and performance, then you might be interested in the following Team Coaching interventions:
- Coaching for Performance: Team Leader as Coach-Manager
- Coaching for Motivations: the High Performing Team
As an Executive Coach I highly recommend Motivational Map technology which works very well in all team settings. A team Motivational Map assessment will to help facilitate a much deeper understanding of each individual’s key drivers and motivations, as well as the overall team profile or type.
This then enables team leaders like you identify where synergies can be levered, and to pinpoint likely areas and triggers for dispute and friction. It also helps you devise a performance management plan best suited to the individuals in your team, rather than a one-size fits all approach which will have a less than optimal impact.
Being able to increase your understand of your own and others’ motivational drivers is the cornerstone to delivering on Direction/Business Strategy, and fully utilising your team(s) Skills Levels.
For more information, please download my Motivational Maps, an introduction