High-performing teams feel like magic. The way their members work together is mesmerizing and the feats they accomplish are mind-blowing.
All of the above scenarios might help, but none of them guarantee high performance. More important for the success of the team is how well people work together. It is the collective intelligence that counts.
This does not mean you can just put a group of people in a room and magic will happen. Self-organization still requires leadership. Teams working this way go through highs and lows like everybody else, but aiming for the above principles maximizes the chances of an effective and therefore high-performing team.
Purpose, mastery, and autonomy can be helpful frameworks to enable self-organization. The three aspects have been made popular in regards to motivation, and they work equally as well when we talk about self-organizing and high-performing teams.
In this article, we will explore hands-on techniques, guidelines, processes, and ideas that can help inject autonomy, mastery, and purpose into a team.