Driving Team Performance: The Figure “8” Imagery

Screen shot 2011-01-28 at 8.18.12 PMDriving Team Performance is designed to make successful team performance a normal and regular occurrence. It is an understandable, visual, learnable, repeatable, teachable method that teams can employ time and time again and produce winning results.

All teams must have a purpose for their existence. “Teamwork starts with a need.” The need might be a problem or conflict, a dysfunction or trouble, information gathered or dispensed, a project/task or issue/concern. A need is so primary or central to the formation and function of a team that it could be said, “If there is no need, no team is needed.”

The top circle of the figure “8” illustrates the formation of a team around a specific need. The arc sweeps around the need as a tactile illustration on the momentum of a team forming around a need.

The arc progresses to the lower circle. The momentum of the team forming around a need and then sweeping into the second circle illustrates that the “need drives the team.” Here, “The team addresses the need.”

As the figure “8” sweeps back to the upper circle again, the tactical imagery demonstrates that, “The team fulfills the need.” The process is completed at the top of the figure “8” with, “The team fulfills the need around which it was originally formed.”


How is the 8-Step Process Organized?

Driving Team Performance has been divided into Four Phases:

Team-Up: Gather and charter a team for a specific purpose.

Team-Input: Utilize the resources pooled within the team.

Team-Work: Process and refine all the input gathered.

Team-Output: Deploy the decision to fulfill the initial need.

The Four Phases are subdivided into two steps each, eight steps total. Each step builds in a dependent fashion on the step that precedes it. These 8-steps are:


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Assemble the Team for a specific purpose.

Acquaint the Team members with each other and the purpose.

Arouse the Team to action using inquiry to stimulate involvement.

Affirm the Team by openly accepting all possible answers to the question.

Analyze the Team Input through rational, issue-focused discussion.

Agree on a Team Decision seeking the optimum viable consensus.

Activate the Team Decision by planning its implementation.

Account for the Results by measurement and feedback.



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