By Chidomere Ndubuisi

- January 3, 2023

Dear CEO,

I want to ask you some questions.

Have you communicated your business mission and vision to your team this month? When last did you do that?

Have you informed them of the important things that must be done this month?

Have you communicated to your team their last month’s performance? Did you celebrate the best performance and give feedback to other areas that needed improvement?

Have you determined who your best customers and best team members were for last month and found the best ways to serve them better this month?

Have you discovered the best automatic way to do the things your customers and team members value most?

How to Evaluate Team Performance and Success

Your success strategy won’t get off the ground unless you run an effective team. Business leaders can help their team improve on their strengths and minimize their weaknesses by

1 Quantify What Success Means

Discuss with your team what level of accomplishment is considered successful. This measure should be above the baseline but not so far away from it that it intimidates or frustrates your team.

If the initial measure of success was reached before the project’s completion, set their goals even higher. Consider offering a reward (like lunch) for teams that go above and beyond.

2. Take Note of Positive or Negative Outliers 

The phrase “a team is only as strong as its weakest link” is true of all organizations. There may be outliers bringing down the team, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be coached. At the same time, they may not be a strong contributor because they don’t fit in with a team dynamic.

All positive outliers should be considered for leadership positions in the future. The other team members could learn from them, especially if they have good habits and a great attitude.

3. Establish a Baseline

Do well to establish a baseline. Your baseline is where you expect your team to operate if the scope of the project doesn’t change. By telling your team members what you expect from them, they’ll be able to compare your level of achievement with theirs.

4. Kill Competition

If everyone on your team is working toward the same objective, there shouldn’t be any competition between them. It might lead to conflict, which isn’t the best situation for building a cohesive team. Your team will be more driven to “win” if they contrast themselves with your rivals.

5. Plan for Next Time

Following up on the results of the project is just as important as the project itself. Use what you learned before, during, and after the project to plan for the next one. By planning for future projects, you’ll have an easier time delegating roles and setting up deadlines.

Although effective teamwork and strong leadership go hand in hand, your team won’t achieve anything if you don’t evaluate them. Talk to your team members frequently to discuss issues relating to teamwork, build on their strengths, and provide coaching for their deficiencies.

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