There?s no ?I? in team...get it?

WHAT impact does a mission statement for your business/organisation have on the performance of your people? Does it make them get out of bed any quicker on Monday mornings? It could if it was translated into a team mission statement that is relevant, specific and meaningful to your team. High-performance teams can tick the boxes on these statements below. How many boxes does your team tick? ? The key outcomes for our team which contribute to the mission of our business/organisation have been identified. ? We have a common shared understanding on the purpose and outcomes of the team and what we need to do to achieve our outcomes. We actively work towards achieving them. ? The critical issues that dominate these outcomes have been identified and assigned with appropriate focus, priority and resources. ? We know what the team priorities are and we are actively working on the tasks that match these priorities. ? Relevant performance measures direct a constant focus on the critical issues that ultimately determine our business outcomes. ? The mission statement provides a succinct reminder (to all team members) of the priority issues that drive the team. ? We know what is outside the scope of our team accountability and we do not produce goods or services beyond our agreed scope. ? The work of the team has been agreed to by the person who allocates resources, and funding to us and the work of the team is aligned with the team purpose. ? People outside our team know what we do and who to go to for specific assistance. ? We appropriately and actively promote our team to people external to the team, ensuring when we require additional resources that they appreciate the value we add to the organisation. ? All of our goals are clear, challenging and relevant to the team purpose and all of our strategies and actions for achieving the goals are clear, aligned and implemented. ? The work we do is understood and promoted by every team member. ? Our team mission provides us with enough information to enable us to prioritise our resources and work activities so we can optimise our efforts. ? The mission statement practically impacts on day-to-day decisions and actions whilst also promoting a favourable team culture. ? We have access to, and use ongoing information about the level of success the organisation and team is attaining in meeting the organisation?s goals and objectives. ? We have defined what our specific services and/or products are and what distinguishes our work from other teams. We actively ensure our activities are to the appropriate standard. ? We regularly review the impact our team?s products and services have upon our clients.

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