Producing Teams are task-oriented, with eyes always on the prize. Cooperation with others isn’t emphasized. Team members tend to work together when it helps them reach individual goals—it has to be a win-win.

  • Competitive
  • Intense
  • Task-Oriented

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Characteristics of a Producing Team

Natural Strengths

  • Clear and efficient in approach
  • Undaunted by failure
  • Held to high standards

Caution Areas

  • At risk of burnout
  • Potentially rivalrous
  • Prone to conflict

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How Producing Teams take action

Self-aware teams understand their strongest tendencies and blind spots, and they take action accordingly. Producing Teams can take advantage of their strengths while addressing shortcomings, by:

Guarding against employee burnout. The high bar your team establishes for itself, combined with its competitive nature, can take its toll on members. Because there’s an emphasis on speed, employees may put added pressure on themselves, furthering the risk of burnout. Encourage team members to reach out to one another for help at times, particularly when a project is nearing its conclusion. This way, you can maintain a fast pace while strengthening your bond.

Keeping competition in check. Your team thrives on its competitive nature, so you don’t want to stifle it. The high standards you’ve set for yourselves drive team members to push each other. But you’ll want to be wary of that competitiveness leading to animosity. Try to have people work in groups when possible, and switch up the composition of those groups so certain people don’t always work opposite one another.

Fostering more positive relationships. Your team members may prioritize speed, quality, and efficiency over forming bonds with each other. This can perpetuate an environment that pressures people to only discuss work-related topics. Guard against that by encouraging more casual discussions, or simply by having people take breaks together. In doing so, you’ll maintain healthy competition while enhancing team cohesion.