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Developing team impact makes a difference

Developing team impact makes a difference. © Maverick Drive™ [1], (the ability to Strategise, Innovate and Execute) is an important foundational block of Maverick Leadership.

It is impossible to lead, and gain the respect of others without these components, regardless of whether you practise Maverick Leadership or not. If you have formal responsibility for others then its likely that you have more than one person who works under you.

I hesitate to call these individuals a team because often they are not. They are individuals who are brought together into a group. it is vitally important for the manager and hence the leader to understand whether the people in front of them are a team.

How do you know whether you have a team or not?

I love this definition of a group:

“A group is a collection of individuals who co-ordinate their individual efforts”

Jim Sisson

Also this definition of a team:

“A team is a group of people who share a common team purpose and a number of challenging goals”

Jim Sisson

So, a group is working for themselves, coming together to get the job done. That might mean surviving YOU the employer! You might get cooperation from this collection of individuals but real collaboration may be difficult to achieve. A team is likely to be collaborating (perhaps not effectively), but there is a willingness to work together.

It is hard for a group to succeed in the long term due to several competing individual agendas. In these circumstances it is hard for a group to have real impact. One way, a manager can do to address this is turn the group into a team and then a high performing team.

Tuckman’s team development model (revealed in 1965 in his paper ‘Developmental Sequence in Small Groups’) is well known. Tuckman describes the pathway teams take when they morph from groups.

His model describes this pathway ‘forming’, ‘storming’, ‘norming’, ‘performing’, and ‘adjourning’ of teams. Tuckman’s model has aged well and I have found that clients respond well to this simplistic model. However, knowing the pathway is not enough for real change. It is important to be able to ensure that the developing team can be providing real impact – this is an important function of the Maverick Leader.

One of the ways that I have helped clients to develop high performing teams, is to profile how they demonstrate their impact, and then embed this knowledge in the way that they lead. I believe that profiling on its own and the coaching that goes with it, is not enough to ensure improved team performance.

Have a look at this short video that explains how knowing your GC Index® can enable you team impact to be enhanced.

Developing Team Impact – The GC Index®

Effective Maverick Leaders appreciate the power that can be gained by individuals understanding and flexing their ability to make an impact. The confidence that is gained, increased productivity and engagement tends to bubble over into other areas of the individual’s life. This is very empowering, and beneficial to the company.

However, when you consider the work context, even more so if the workplace is now a remote one, you can recognise the power that can be gained from knowing the team’s current impact and how they can enhance that and become a high performing team.

Effective Maverick Leaders do not rely on a profile system alone to make change. They understand that something like team development needs to be strategised, innovated and executed.

It is time to activate your ©Maverick Drive™!

All teams are different, in fact all companies are different, this includes the company’s individual mission, values and culture.

Designing a high performing team needs to be intentional, it is too important to let it happen by accident!

There are many ways to develop teams and this is where innovation comes in! The right solution for your team is unlikely to be exactly the same as the solution utilised by another company.

Give me a call and let’s see how we can design a team development solution that is aligned to your strategy, is innovative to your needs and is executed well. Every team should be high performing.


[1] © Maverick Drive™ – Judith Germain 2020

Judith Germainhttps://www.maverickparadox.co.uk/
Judith Germain is the Founder of the Maverick Paradox and Editor of The Maverick Paradox Magazine and Host of the Maverick Paradox Podcast. She has been defining Mavericks as wilfully independent people since 2005. She equips Maverick Leaders to change the world we work in, and improve their impact and influence. Maverick Leaders can be found running their own business or working within their own. Whilst not everyone has a Maverick personality, you can learn how to be an effective Maverick Leader. This is why Judith enjoys working with maverick leaders and helping organisations develop their leadership cadre. She believes that life is a wonderful game and maverick behaviour when harnessed has the power to change the world into a better place. She is the Author of The Maverick Paradox: The Secret Power Behind Successful Leaders and the podcast host of The Maverick Paradox Podcast. Judith is a consultant, trainer, mentor, author and speaker. Click the contact us button to find out more.


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