You love being part of a team. You might love performing in front of an audience of team members. There is no “I” in team. You need to be more concerned about the team’s performance, rather than just your own.

Well, when we talk about the performing stage, we are talking about the team putting the decision into action.

At this performing stage, not only do members accept the team’s decision, they endorse it.

There needs to be a restatement of the group’s goal, the group’s consensus, and then the final decision is brought forth and announced.

People affirm their support of the final decision, even if members disagree with the outcome, they no longer voice their concerns.

There is an unspoken drive toward consensus and harmony.

Work is assigned and accepted: who is going to do what, when and how.

There is a description of time-lines, progress reports, and expectations.

When a team is built on a foundation of trust, participants will engage in conflict to reach the best decision possible. Since all opinions have been heard, then there will be buy-in and commitment. When committed to a plan of action, accountability is guaranteed. Finally, when members put the team’s success above their own, results can be remarkable.

For more on this topic, watch a preview of Kit Welchlin’s keynote seminar on Team Building and Teamwork. Check back to every Monday for a new video blog.