What makes some teams perform “just fine”—and others, great?
They’re working on similar projects, carrying out similar activities—yet one group has consistently better results than the others. It’s not magic, nor some intangible set of coincidental variables you could never replicate. Instead, these standout teams have a specific set of behaviors in common—behaviors that support Team Emotional Intelligence and psychological safety. These behaviors can be learned and applied within your own teams, and they have the inevitable side effect of increasing the achievement of the collective performance goals.
Every team, everywhere
Teams work together in an amazing range of industries, settings, and circumstances. Yet the universal patterns of human interactions are applicable, in their infinite complexity, to every group.
The high-performance behaviors in this framework have achieved improvement not just in agile software teams, but across a wide range of industries and team types, including non-work/community teams, distributed teams, and even families.
The Core Protocols and Core Commitments provide a flexible set of practices and principles that teams can adopt to increase their psychological safety and Team Emotional Intelligence in any setting. Comparative High-Performance Teams is the tool to help you assess how to apply them directly in your team for the greatest transformative impact, starting where your teams are right now.
Sample Survey Items
Sample Survey Items
Psychology safety foundationsWe say “Yes” to each other more often than we say “No”.
Self-awarenessWe frequently share our emotional state with each other.
ConnectionWhen I want to clarify the purpose of a teammate’s behavior, I ask them what their intention is.
Richard Kasperowski is an author, speaker, teacher, and coach focused on high-performance teams.
Richard is the author of the new book, High-Performance Teams: The Foundations, as well as The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness. He leads clients in building and maintaining high-performance teams that get great results using the Core Protocols, Agile, and Open Space Technology. Richard created and teaches the course Agile Software Development at Harvard University.
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Comparative High-Performance Team Behaviors by Richard Kasperowski and Comparative Agility is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-SharaAlike 4.0 International License. Comparative High-Performance Team Behaviors is based on The Core Protocols 3.1. The Core Protocols version 3.1 is copyright © 2018 Richard Kasperowski. Version 3.1 of the Core Protocols is derived from the Core Protocols version 3.03 by Jim and Michele McCarthy. The Core Protocols version 3.03 is copyright © 2010 Jim and Michele McCarthy. The Core Protocols are available at thecoreprotocols.org.