Achieving harmony and competition in your high-performance team is a delicate balance. Too much emphasis on either of these outcomes can have negative consequences. Your focus as a leader should be on keeping both outcomes in line without letting one become dominant over the other. But what is the right balance?
High-performance teams NEED both harmony and competition
High-performance teams have both harmony and competition in their interactions and tasks.
When working together, team members need to be willing to challenge each other to do better work.
However, you also need trust so that you can encourage risk taking without fear of reprisal.
Harmony means team members treat each other as allies and are driven by a common goal
Harmony means team members treat each other with respect, know how to give and receive feedback, are committed to the team’s goals, are willing to help each other, don’t fear failure or express their ideas.
They also feel free to be vulnerable with one another: they know how to celebrate successes as well as failures.
Competition means, different people are trying to win and demonstrating their value to the group
There are two kinds of competition. The first is healthy competition, which means that different people are trying to win and demonstrate their value to the group. This can happen at work when you have a team goal for example.
The second form of competition is unhealthy rivalry, where people aren’t working together because they want attention and recognition from others more than they want to contribute to the group’s success.
Competition can be used in many ways: as a motivator for individuals or groups; as an encouragement for people in your team who might be particularly shy or less willing than others; as an opportunity for learning by example (if someone suggests something that works well); or even just as an excuse to demonstrate how good your team really is!
Harmony is necessary for high-performance teamwork
You need harmony for high performance teamwork because you need cooperation to get anything done, but too much harmony can lead to groupthink – failing to consider major risks or conflicts that could arise while working together.
Competition gives teams the drive they need to excel
However, too much competition can lead to disruptive bickering among team members over who’s right or whose approach should win out.
Balance is the key to a healthy team culture. If you create a culture of competition, then you’ll likely develop a performance improvement plan that focuses on cutting costs and increasing revenue in order to beat the competition. However, if your focus is solely on beating the other teams out there, then it’s likely that your team members will spend more time competing with one another instead of working together as a cohesive unit.
Think about what happens when two people are competing for the same promotion or opportunity at work: they start bickering over who has more experience or who knows more about the subject matter—and this can quickly spiral into accusations and name-calling if left unchecked. The same thing happens when teams compete against each other; they start arguing over things like whose ideas are better than others’.
One way to avoid these negative effects is by creating an environment where people feel safe questioning their competitors’ decisions without fear of being ridiculed or ostracized by their peers (or even managers). When people feel safe to bring up concerns about how others operate, this allows everyone involved in decision making processes to have a voice in what gets decided upon before finalising anything. As a consequence, no one gets left out to contribute with their thoughts towards improving team performance overall .”
Balance harmony and competition in your high-performance team for the best results
It’s important to balance the need for harmony and competition in your high-performance team. Harmony is necessary for cooperation, but too much harmony can lead to group thinking. Competition gives teams the drive they need to excel at their work, but too much competition can lead to disruptive bickering among team members.
How to find the right balance between competition and harmony for innovation
The best combination is when harmony leads to trust between team members and competition leads them to be willing to challenge each other so their work can be better than if they had worked in isolation from each other.
The reason for this is simple: people will not want to challenge themselves if they are afraid of being embarrassed or shamed by others. If a team member feels like they’re being judged, they might avoid sharing their ideas even if those ideas could make the product better. On the flip-side, if there is no competition at all, then one person may “steal” an idea from another without giving them credit or compensation. This could cause resentment between teammates and hurt morale in your company overall.