High-performing teams are groups of individuals with complementary skills who are:
- committed to a common goal, and who,
- actively collaborate toward an outcome that is favorable for all.
In addition, characteristics such as shared leadership; diverse membership; effective decision-making; open and clear communication; mutual trust; and the use of amenable conflict management techniques also create a culture that advances the entire organization.
There are times when a group of people can move quickly through various stages of development to become a team. When this happens, it is usually due to project demands or need. Teams typically go through growing pains and evolve over time. Prioritizing team development will bring about high-performance characteristics that extends beyond individuals on a particular team. Other groups tend to be positively influenced by practices of high performing teams.
OD processes cultivate high-performing teams and Karen has facilitated team development initiatives that produced more positive and productive environments.