Introducing Our New Team Excellence Assessment


How does your team stack up to a world-class heart transplant team? How about a business team noted for breakthrough innovation? How does your team compare to a national champion football team? Or a women’s championship lacrosse team?

Well, guess what? You can find out quickly and easily. You see, my friend Dr. Carl Larson of Denver University and Dr. Frank M. J. Lafasto teamed up to study world-class teams of all kinds and discovered eight consistent Dimensions of Team Excellence that distinguished dozens of super high performance teams. The eight dimensions they discovered are:

•    Clear Elevating Goals
•    Results-Driven Structure
•    Competent Team Members
•    Unified Commitment
•    Collaborative Climate
•    Standards of Excellence
•    External Support and Recognition
•    Principled Leadership

They then developed and formally validated a Team Excellence Assessment that works similar to a 360-degree assessment, but it’s for the team and its designated leader.

The study and validation were so valuable, they published two books about it: Team Works: What Must Go Right/What Can Go Wrong and When Teams Work Best: 6,000 Team members and Leaders Tell What It Takes to Succeed.

Enlightened Leadership Solutions used the assessment with our clients for years, and it was an amazing team diagnostic tool. Unfortunately, managing the paper, the data entry, the spreadsheets, the calculations and printing the reports was a nightmare so we stopped using it.

Well, good news! We’ve now obtained the rights to use the assessment and put it online to simplify the data capture and the report generation. Each team member takes it online, and it is strictly confidential—just like the report for a 360-degree assessment.

The report compares the team average scores to that of a national mean of thousands of teams, as well as the team leader’s input.

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