PRACTICE – QUIZZES
- PURPOSE: Purpose is the core reason the team exists.
|a) Our group shares a clearly understood common purpose.|
|b) Our group has the sense that our work is important to the institution right now.|
- COMMITMENT: Commitment is evident when each member cooperates, learning and doing what is needed to succeed.
|a) Each group member is equally committed to the group’s success.|
|b) Each group member understands how individual contribution relates to group performance.|
- COMPLEMENTARY SKILLS AND TALENTS: Teams need a mix of technical skills, functional skills, people skills, and problem-solving skills. When teams hit roadblocks, complementary skills and talents offer a diversity of viewpoints to help drive breakthroughs.
|a) Our members have a good blend of complementary skills and talents.|
|b) Group members tap into each other’s skills when needed.|
- NORMS AND RULES: Teams need a set of guidelines for expected behaviours and work standards, both of which define the performance level of a team.
|a) Our group jointly takes ownership of how things get done.|
|b) Our group uses time-efficient processes to complete our work.|
- GOALS AND ACCOUNTABILITY: Team members need a clear map of what the team is trying to accomplish. Accountability for those goals is everyone’s job — team members share mutual responsibility for achievements, and members are not afraid to acknowledge missteps and get back on track.
|a) Each group member clearly understands the group’s performance expectations.|
|b) Each group member contributes equivalent amounts of high-quality work.|
|c) Each group member acknowledges when they have made a mistake.|
- MORALE: Team morale captures the enthusiasm, trust, and openness among members and their efforts. High morale can improve productivity, promote collaboration, and decrease turnover and absenteeism, allowing a team to perform at their very best.
|a) Non-group members can quickly see and feel the high level of enthusiasm among our group.|
|b) Our group is generally positive and motivated, even in difficult times.|
|c) Our group has open, constructive discussions about disagreements or problems.|
|d) Our group is vulnerable with one another and trusts that actions are from a place of good intent.|
- CHALLENGE, RECOGNITION, AND REWARD: High-performing teams consistently question what they know and stretch themselves with new projects. Team members acknowledge and appreciate outstanding efforts and outcomes, reinforcing how they want the team to operate.
|a) Our group regularly seeks out new information and challenges.|
|b) Each group member has a strong personal commitment to one another’s growth and success.|
|c) Our group celebrates victories and rewards as a group.|
- MEASURING RESULTS: Teams need processes to regularly monitor ongoing methods and results, with an eye toward continuous improvement.
|a) Our work approach allows for regular modification and improvement over time.|
|b) Our results tend to exceed clients’ expectations of quantity, quality, and timeliness.|
LEADER COACHING: Team leaders have to exhibit behaviours that coach and support the team, so that it can function at its highest potential.
|a) The leader engages and energizes the group to successfully launch projects.|
|b) The leader provides guidance and feedback at the right time to aid group progress.|
|c) The leader consults with team members to remove barriers to group performance.|
Source: Assessment: How Well Does Your Team Function?
February 28, 2019