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  • Writer's pictureSteven Gilmore

How to use feedback to nurture a High-Performing Team

Updated: Jan 22


We're exploring the core of high-performing teams, unraveling the dynamics that elevate them to greatness. How can feedback be used to nurture a high performing team and foster collaboration, trust, and continuous improvement?


First understand psychological and social dynamics


Imagine a team where trust is the currency of collaboration, and feedback is the heartbeat of progress. Trust is the foundation, built on open communication, reliability, and a shared vision. As trust flourishes, feedback becomes the essential tool for refining creativity and nurturing a culture of innovation.


Embrace differences in skills, perspectives, and backgrounds. In this rich tapestry, feedback bridges the gaps, connecting various viewpoints and cultivating adaptability and resilience. Make Diversity a powerhouse, not a buzzword. 


What strategies can you employ to build a robust feedback culture and create high-performance.



Set clear goals   

Clearly defined goals are essential and act as the roadmap for teams. Objectives and expectations must be clear. Only when every team member understands their role in achieving objectives, can helpful feedback be given. Feedback then is needed and wanted, as it becomes the compass that keeps everyone on the right track.


Encourage open communication

Communication is the lifeblood of high-performing teams. An environment must be cultivated where feedback flows naturally, creating a two-way street where every voice is heard and valued. This takes proactive work to spot when people aren't able to speak-up, or when others speak to much, and allow for tactful course correction. Feedback becomes the essential conversation that drives progress.


Celebrate moments (big and small)

Recognize and applaud important moments (big and small) through feedback – be it overcoming a challenge, sharing insights, or acknowledging improvement. Feedback becomes the catalyst for growth, motivating the team to embrace a culture of continuous improvement. Co-create feedback rituals

In a high-performing team healthy feedback will be ever present and continuous. But, it takes work to get there. You need to understand the company baseline of feedback expectations (e.g. 2 x performance reviews per year), then co-create your own cadence and extra commitments. High-performing teams like autonomy, and want to do more than the baseline. Co-creating feedback rituals as a team will likely make your team trailblazers, and produce new best practices for the entire company.


Conclusion

In the grand journey of teamwork, high-performance is not a stroke of luck but a deliberate effort. By fostering trust, embracing diversity, and integrating feedback into the core of your team culture, you set the stage for success.


Remember, the path to excellence is ongoing. Stay receptive, share insights, and witness your team evolve into a force that thrives on collaboration, trust, and the invaluable power of feedback.



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