How do they gel so well?

Many a true word is spoken jest: "a CFO asked the CEO "what happens if invest in our people and then they leave us?" to which the CEO replied "What happens if we don't and they stay?"" .

High performing teams that work together and collaborate effectively is not just a random event. How do they achieve the "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts"? One need to take this in the context of differences in personalities, points of view, past experiences, motivational drivers and styles of communication. How is it that each individual in a high performing team is able to:

  • increase productivity?
  • manage their work/life balance?
  • lower stress and deliver on time?
  • increase team efficiency and flexibility?
  • innovate and be creative?
  • engaged in meaningful work discussion?
  • improve team motivation?


“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success” - Henry Ford

In short the answer is that they have had enough softskills training to perfect the 6 pillars of teamwork, allowing them to:

  • Have a sense of purpose for the end result: Team members have a common and shared vision, goals, objectives and values. There's a strong focus on results and solutions, a sense of priorities, and clarity about directions, decisions and how they act and react.
  • Communicate effectively: Team members express their thoughts and feelings openly, and conflict is surfaced and resolved routinely. Team members listen attentively and engage in dialogue, rather than listening to respond.
  • Build trust and mutual respect: Team members value and support each other. They tell each other the truth and provide honest and caring feedback.
  • Develop effective working procedures: The team knows how to gather, organise and evaluate information. They encourage creativity, innovation, risk-taking, and they plan appropriately. They manage their time effectively and achieve a work-life balance.
  • Build and draw on differences: The team optimises the diversity, skills, knowledge and personal strengths of its members. Individuals seek out different points of view and make use of outsiders.
  • Be flexible and adaptable: People see changes as opportunities, they share responsibility, and they look for continuous improvement.

“Unity is strength...when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved” - Mattie J.T. Stepanek

High performing teams

6 pillars of teamwork

Build trust and motivate

Being a trusted team-player or working in a trusted group, where people show up and do great work, happens when trustworthy leaders embrace the power trust brings.

Managing conflict

Managing and reducing personal conflict in the workplace is challenging. Good conflict among Team Members requires trust, which is all about engaging in unfiltered, passionate debate around issues.

Embrace diversity

A diverse and inclusive workforce is necessary to drive and foster creativity and guide business strategies. Multiple voices lead to new ideas, new services, and new products, and encourage out-of-the-box thinking.

Achieve commitment

In order for any strategy to have a chance at succeeding, commitment and dedication from every team member is required. In order for this to happen, each team member must be accountable to one another


Healthy and balanced staff are able to maintain the equilibrium between the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional, they are better able to control and react positively to the circumstances that they are faced with on a daily basis.

Results focused

Develop a clear unambiguous simple measure of team function, in order to remove individual egos from the game plan.

The impact of high performing teams on an organisation

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”- Aristotle

An effective team understands the big picture. In an effective team, each team member understands the context of the team's work to the greatest degree possible. That includes understanding the relevance of their job function and how it impacts the effectiveness of others and the overall team effort. They are no asked to work on part of a task without being told how their role contributes to the desired end result. This means that know how their efforts are impacting the ability of others to do their work. Understanding the big picture promotes collaboration, increases commitment and improves quality.

An effective team has common goals. Effective teams have agreed-upon goals that are simple, measurable and clearly relevant to the team's task. Each goal includes measurable outcomes, which can be used to determine the team effectiveness and improvement. Understanding and working toward these common goals as a unit is crucial to the team's effectiveness.

An effective team works collaboratively, as a unit. Collaboration and a sense of interdependency in a team will diminish blaming behavior and stimulate opportunities for learning and improvement. Without this sense of interdependency in responsibility and reward, blaming behaviors can occur which will quickly erode team effectiveness

CorporateWise - About us

We believe that people are the most important asset in any organisation. Our passion lies in helping those people to learn, grow and evolve. We have a unique approach to skills learning and development that takes people from competence in their skills set, to being efficient and effective staff members, who form part of a diverse and integrated work environment. Our programmes ensure: sustainability, a return on investment, as well as a reduction in cost and time of potential labour disputes. As well as Skills Training, CorporateWise conducts HR risk assessments and offers advice on all aspects of human resources, recruitment, job profiling, performance management, HR policies and procedures, SETA workplace skills plans, employment equity, BB-BEE scorecard management, employee surveys, health and safety and also provides an online HR repository and payroll system. CorporateWise is Services SETA accredited and holds a level 4 BB-BEE rating.