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High-performing teams try new things, take risks, and learn from failures

Eight traits high-performing teams have in common.

“Employers who allow team members to explore new technologies, techniques, and approaches create stronger solutions and better business outcomes.”


Why do some work teams perform better than others? President of Aquent Talent, Rohshann Pilla, recently authored an article for Fast Company in which she outlined a number of ways to develop and support high-performing teams. Pilla cites some of the findings revealed in Aquent's 2023 Talent Insights Report, including the importance of  articulating a clear and meaningful brand purpose. This not only aligns individual goals with organisational values but also serves as a potent motivator. Aquent's survey found that 94% of high-performing teams are motivated to fulfil a company's brand purpose, compared to 76% of low-to-moderately performing teams. 

Trust is another cornerstone of successful teams. Establishing trust fosters open communication and a willingness to share ideas and information collaboratively. Additionally, high-performing teams thrive on diverse points of view. A well-rounded team invites different perspectives that challenge assumptions and expose company blindspots. Importantly, the best teams are not flawless; they embrace a culture of continuous improvement. Quick decision-making and the ability to learn from mistakes contribute significantly to their success.

This article originally appeared on Fast Company.

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