SECRETS OF HIGH PERFORMANCE TEAMS…
In past articles we discussed the importance of establishing clearly defined team behaviors, roles and rules. Another mechanism used by most successful teams is the Team Meeting Evaluation form. We have included an attachment as an example of a meeting evaluation. Feel free to use it at your team meeting. Alternatively your team may decide to create a form that works best for them.
Frequently team members are reluctant to verbalize concerns that relate to the team. This is especially true if expressing those thoughts may result in conflict. Failure to surface and deal with festering issues are highly destructive to the team. Eventually team members stop coming to meetings or will find excuses to put team activities on the back burner.
The Team Meeting Evaluation Form provides an impersonal and anonymous mechanism for team members to express concerns. This allows the facilitator to deal with these issues quickly, before they get out of hand. Team members complete the evaluation at the conclusion of each team meeting. The data is then analyzed and numerically averaged for each parameter. At the outset of the next meeting the facilitator shares the results of the evaluations with the team. He/she will instruct the team members of areas to monitor their behavior. Most team members have enough insight into their behavioral styles to clean up their act without being directly confronted.
The attached Team Meeting Evaluation Form is a very simple and easy to use tool that promotes the ongoing health of the High Performance Team.