What Team Fit, and Potential mean to Performance

Business Performance versus Potential

The best-performing companies harness the greater potential of well constructed motivated teams, right?

Leaders actualize the collective team-potential, not the aggregate of each individual's in isolation. Yes, a team is made up of individuals, each having potential often necessarily needing to collaborate, and interact, reporting to and relying on managers, and dependencies on interrelated activities all of which can impact overall performance, both positively and negatively. Performance is a broad company-wide pursuit, and to paraphrase Aristotle, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Meaning, when the parts fit and work well together, if they don’t there’s a drag on performance, and we achieve less than the individual sum of the parts. Just like in sports, when a less talented team beats a team of higher skilled individuals who are playing like individuals.

We live and work in communities, we are part of an ecosystem, the universe and subsystems down to our families, and our places of work, which for many are virtual right now. Companies who prioritize organizational health tend to benefit from virtuous circles driving higher levels of performance, and lifting team productivity. Poor organizational health can pervasively shift performance dynamics, drifting from the greater of team potential to that of individuals' with vicious debilitating cycles driven from the symptoms of politics, self-interest, high turnover and apathy.

Survival, or 'Thrival" of the fit, not fittest

Darwinism recognizes we exist in an ecosystem. How we fit, adapt and evolve dictates how well we do, individually and collectively. Beyond individualism, biodiversity drives greater depth, strength and resilience for us all.  

We participate in teams, personally and professionally, whether we consciously chose them or not. Parents, managers at work, as an employee, or employer, vendor, or customer. A community naturally and inherently makes us stronger.  Individually competing, and or be measured individually within teams can often be corrosive and drag what might be a more collaborative team effort, and ultimately greater team potential down. A force opposing cohesion and productivity.

Business is perhaps the ultimate team sport, so how do we predictably develop high-performance teams not individuals? Like in sports, even individual sports, how well we fit within our ecosystem and work with other members drives both individual and a teams’ collective outcomes.

How do we know our existing team members or candidates' potential? And that it enhances the equation of greater than the sum of the parts? How do business leaders know they have that right? How do they measure it and improve it? Are, unconscious biases influencing decisions? 

What Drives individual and Team Performance?

Companies set aside large budgets to invest in the discipline of talent optimization, monitor, analyze and assess productivity to help make decisions to improve performance. Resources available, to aware leaders, who chose to prioritize and practice talent optimization, have grown enormously over the past few decades.

Organizations make a multitude of operational, financial and strategic decisions based on data. So why would we not extend the use of evidence-based knowledge and prediction to making optimal personnel decisions from hiring, to coaching, career-pathing and retention decisions?

Human Resource Management - An Art or a Science?

How effective is your company at placing people in positions who have an innate ability and potential to do well in the role and make people around them better? Leaders want to invest in talent that has the highest probability and potential to perform. Like other areas of the business, having validated data enables greater confidence in our choices.  Awareness drives workforce engagement and discretionary effort, which underpins high performing companies and organizational health.

Hire, develop and foster more high performers than your competitors - and you win.

Decisions in personnel investments can be made with high confidence, backed by advanced data science designed to accurately predict future performance,

We develop bespoke personnel prediction models enabling clients to leverage greater people productivity. Using human-centered data-driven AI models built on insights from your company’s human attributes and performance data we accurately predict a team member's expected future performance, down to the very specific metrics that matter most to each individual company. That means you can know how much an applicant will perform before you even hire them.

Clients gain a deep forensic understanding of what is contributing uniquely to the success of their people, and what things are early indicators of failure, or lack of fit across a wide variety of human attributes, so that they can make job matches that are more successful, and manage precise coaching training and development for each individual to foster high-performing teams. We don’t replace your role in the hiring process, we simply help you make better-informed decisions – pre-hire, post hire, coaching and career- pathing.

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