Over the weekend I witnessed a High Performing Team in action. It was a rugby match involving the England Woman playing against Wales Women in London. England Woman won the game, although the opposition put up some stern resistance, as you would expect at international level. I had a vested interest as my daughter plays for England! However, several aspects of the English game reminded me of the ingredients of High Performing Teams as identified by Katzenbach and Smith in their 1993 book, ‘The Wisdom of Teams’. One thing that I have noticed over years of observing sport and business teams is that to find one operating at the High Performance level is rare indeed. Saturday night’s performance by England had all the hallmarks of a team reaching that potential. And here is why:
There are other elements which need to be prevalent in a High Performing Team such as strong leadership, good decision makers, high quality skills levels and great coaches. England Woman have those in abundance as well and perhaps these will be the subject of a separate blog! Those thousands of supporters watching the game would most certainly agree that England Women have got something special about the way they go about their business in the sport of rugby, an ‘X’ factor which will only get stronger as time passes. They are a credit to their country as a current example of a team approaching the Everest of teamwork – the High Performing Team.