Building high performing teams is easy…. right?

Building great teams sound easy. We find some very smart people, with some varying technical abilities, and put them together to form team and enable them to solve problems.  All the team members have a technical degree and background, all have high IQ’s, and impressive resumes highlighting their accomplishment and achievements.  This highly technical and intellectual team is clearly enabled and ready to accomplish a unified mission right?

If it were only that simple.

Studies have suggested that intellect and technical training is only part of building a successful team (Goleman, 1995).  Individual intelligence, or IQ, is a measurement that should be a baseline. Most software engineers and architects have high intellect and are degreed with bachelors or graduate work in computer science, engineering, or related technical fields. This intellect is the norm which allows team members to merely “play” on our team.  So what criteria should we focus on to make up the majority of the characteristics on a successful team?

ForceX Process addresses how organizations build, train, and reinforce high performing teams. The Communication Lens of the ForceX Process focuses on the attributes that make ‘the’ difference, and increase substantially the likelihood of success. Building effective teams requires more than simply putting smart people together to accomplish a mission. Most team success factors stem from non-IQ characteristics such as self control, empathy, leadership, and communication skills. Our consulting and training focuses on the most important aspects of team dynamics, the ability to communicate and collaborate as a cohesive unit.