How To Create High-Performing Project Teams

Use the S.A.F.E.T.Y. framework for team accountability.

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Reflecting on mixtapes, they weren't just collections of songs but thoughtful narratives greater than their individual tracks. Today's guide aims to show how integrating insights from three key areas can foster high-performing project teams.

What Defines a High-Performing Project Team?

  1. Skilled, high-output members

  2. Aligned mission

  3. Mutual accountability

These elements, while simple to list, are challenging to implement but crucial for success.

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Managing Underperforming Team Members

Often, managers hesitate to act swiftly with low performers, hoping for improvement. The most cost-effective solution is usually helping current employees meet role expectations from the start, or acting decisively when necessary.

Motivating Your Project Team

The best way to keep a team motivated? Hire naturally driven individuals aligned with your mission. Understand what drives each team member's energy to apply one of nine detailed motivation tactics.

Holding Your Project Team Accountable

Accountability isn't a single action but an outcome of consistent practices. Following the six steps in the SAFETY framework ensures better results—most managers overlook the final steps.

S.A.F.E.T.Y. Framework

  1. Set Objectives: Define clear, measurable goals for each team member.

  2. Assess Performance: Use project management tools to monitor progress.

  3. Foster Communication: Regularly communicate expectations and deadlines.

  4. Equip Resources: Ensure team members have the tools and support they need.

  5. Take Action: Address issues promptly and consistently to maintain accountability.

  6. Yield Rewards: Recognize and reward achievements to reinforce positive behavior.

By combining these strategies, leaders can cultivate high-energy, impactful project teams.

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By combining these strategies, leaders can cultivate high-energy, impactful project teams. Accountability, when implemented effectively, leads to improved performance, higher morale, and successful project outcomes. Remember, the key to holding your team accountable lies in consistent practices, clear communication, and recognition of efforts.

Stay tuned for more insights and strategies to enhance your project management skills.

Until next time,


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