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Do you consider your team to be high-performing?

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SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 190,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: Do you consider your team to be high-performing?

  • Absolutely — we’re a very high-performing team: 41.84%
  • Kind of — we have moments of high performance: 47.11%
  • Not really — we rarely have high-performing moments: 6.05%
  • Definitely not — this team needs a lot of improvement: 5%

Be deliberate about high performance. Sometimes you get lucky and find yourself with a high-performing set of superstars on your team.  More often than not, that’s not the case.  If you want to get your team to be high-performing, you need to take deliberate steps to get them to that level.  Things like succession planning, setting a vision, allocating work, and creating development opportunities will go a long way to upping your team’s game but you have to perform these activities rigorously, regularly, and in an intentional manner.

Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS and author of “One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership.”