Our reader poll today asks: What is your assessment of your current immediate team?
- We’re truly a high-performing team, well above all others 17.18%
- We’re a solidly performing team 50.77%
- We’re an average team 20.61%
- We’re a below-average team 6.10%
- We’re a dysfunctional team 5.34%
Change your view of average. Almost 70% of poll respondents claim to be on an above-average team. Clearly that math doesn’t work. While the bias is natural to think your team is great, do you really have a clear view as to what average performance is and where your performance stands relative to that standard? When is the last time you went out and talked with other teams about what they’re doing well? Are you hitting the same performance levels as those teams? How can you improve your game? Don’t be satisfied with simply saying you’re above average. Go validate that performance and objectively assess how well you’re doing. There’s always room for improvement. Bias and complacency might be holding you back from achieving greatness. And if you’re in the 11% who said you’re below average or dysfunctional, you’re probably right and you need to put an action plan together immediately. Go benchmark great teams, pick one or two small tasks you can improve, and start a gradual performance improvement program.
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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 240,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.