Can You Predict Your Team’s Success?

Conventional tools used by managers and leaders to enhance their team performance tend to fall in two key categories: enhancing individual contribution or addressing a specific failure or pressing issue facing the team, such as project management or lack of innovation.

However, teams are not just the sum of the individuals on the team, nor do they operate in functional vacuums where they distinctly only fail on one specific objective, while excelling in all other team goals. The specific issues facing teams tends to be just the most visible symptoms, which have bubbled up to impact performance, yet several underlying interconnected issues often remain unnoticed and unaddressed, leading to unsustainable and often unpredictable team performance.

Teams are not just the sum of the individuals on the team, nor do they operate in functional vacuums where they distinctly only fail on one specific objective, while excelling in all other team goals.

Why is Team Performance so hard to predict?

Teams are made up of people who come together to achieve a common goal, and in the process, create an identity and personality that is very distinct from the personalities of the actual members of the team. It is through this team cohesion that interdependent team activities are conducted, and team objectives met.

Unfortunately, the tools widely used to lead a team to success do not address this team identity, depriving the managers of the ability to correct underlying foundational issues for the team to achieve sustainable successful team results.

So, what creates this Team Identity and Team Personality?

When any two people interact with each other, they instantly have a chemistry between them, which brings out different qualities in each other. This chemistry defines the partnership dynamic and is the main driver behind how the individuals behave when together.

Teams of people, similarly have chemistry that is formed as soon as a group is put together to work towards achieving a common goal. This chemistry drives the team performance and when done correctly, ensures that the appropriate skills and personalities of the members are utilized in the most efficient and effective manner. In fact, looking across successful team in all fields, positive team chemistry is a consistent theme that defines and drives performance

Team interactions can also have negative impact on the team performance — if the chemistry is somehow not quite correct, a talented, extroverted employee may become more reserved and guarded while an introverted team member may burn out due to the team’s heavy reliance on social events to adequately engage with the employees.

How then do Leaders assess and manage this Team Chemistry?

OrgAnalytix has developed a revolutionary tool to help managers look behind the curtain and see how their team(s) really work together, while also predicting how teams will behave and respond to any changes in organizational structure.

The OrgAnalytix tool works with executives and/or HR managers to collect and digitize specific relationship data across the team members. The data collection process takes 5 minutes per employee and can be customized to collect data related to the specific challenges faced by the business.

Once the interaction and relationship data is collected, it goes through the Analytix tool, which applies two unique layers of algorithms to enrich and analyze data collected from the team. The Analytix tool displays the relationship data in a variety of different views, including maps of employee networks based on important business scenarios as well as in contrast with Org Chart models.

Leaders use these visualizations as well as network and organizational metrics to understand leading and lagging indicators of team performance, assess Team Chemistry and how it drives team behaviors.

OrgAnalytix overlays the organizational reporting hierarchy onto the relationship data so managers can dig deeper into their specific team and sub-team chemistry, optimize the “Spans of Control” of their managers and ensure any clogged communication lines are addressed.

Using OrgAnalytix Analyses to Measure and Utilize Team Chemistry

The Analytix tool provides a clear snapshot of the existing team, interactions between team members across important business scenarios, and illustrates vulnerabilities to address, as well as strengths to exploit.

This unique visibility into the underlying dynamic forces driving team performance allows leaders to effectively optimize their team skills, create efficient decision support structures and policies to build sustainable and successful teams.

Please contact info@organalytix.com for more info, or visit www.organalytix.com


Originally published at https://www.linkedin.com on February 14, 2017.