High Performing Teams

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What makes a high performing team?

It’s not necessary to reinvent the wheel here, as at ProActive we happen to agree with the work done in Google’s Project Aristotle where they ask and answer, what makes an effective team. In this work they provide definitions of what makes a team versus a workgroup, what effective means in a  team context, and finally what the dynamics of an effective team are, and it’s here that we concur with their finding that the following elements define an effective team:


  1. Psychological safety: Can we take risks inside this team without feeling insecure or embarrassed?
  2. Dependability: Can we count on each other to do high quality work on time?
  3. Structure & clarity: Are goals, roles, and execution plans on our team clear?
  4. Meaning of work: Are we working on something that is personally important for each of us?
  5. Impact of work: Do we fundamentally believe that the work we’re doing matters?

Of the above five elements, the most important is psychological safety and it’s daylight between it and the other elements.  At ProActive we have over two decades helping groups build psychologically safe workgroups that then define them as a team, fit with their personal values and reassures them that their work contributes to making the world a better place.

High Performing teams are also resilient teams, in that they provide multiple, accessible overlapping pillars of support.

To find out more, you can get in touch with us in Australia on + 61 473 319 100 or in North America on +1 877 585 9933. Alternatively you can email us at info@proactive-resolutions.com