I’ve gone around this, given hints, talked about the concept. This time it’s about the bottom line in team building and keeping that team at top performance. Just think about it for a moment. The best sport teams or individuals in the world win the championship and when the next year comes around, they don’t. What happened? Now to be fair there are other teams that are working very hard to get the trophy. Pretty much they are now going after the winner to win it all.
A couple things occur that keep a team from being on top at all times. They felt the amazing feeling of winning so it will never be a first again. The members of the team are not motivated in the same way. They get bored. It doesn’t seem new anymore. It’s not their fault. The human mind once it has learned something and become good at it, wants something new and different. It already got that skill down, so to speak. We see this in different areas of business situation. First people are nervous when starting something new whether the job or learning a new task, a lot of energy is being out into it and then they feel comfortable as it becomes second nature. To be precise there has to be a lot of checks and balances. Perhaps it is a human condition.
For teams there has to be newness. this is the maintenance of a team. There needs to be checks on the team and this has to be done often. But this IS NOT micro-managing. Micro-managing is very bad and is more destructive to a team than helpful. Part of maintenance of a team is finding new ways to do things and bringing in things that will keep the team learning and sharp. A team that thinks it knows it all will get dull. Once that occurs, things will slip. The team leader must continue to challenge the team and everyone on it.