What separates extraordinary from just plain ordinary?

Extraordinary GroupsWhile some groups accomplish amazing results, most others are unable to achieve extraordinary performance.

Why are some more successful than others? And exactly what is it that separates the best from the rest?

After four years of collaborative field research, authors Geoff Bellman and Kathleen Ryan may have the answer. In their book Extraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Achieve Extraordinary Results (Jossey-Bass), they reveal how to achieve outstanding results while transforming group members both individually and collectively.

So what makes a group or team extraordinary?  Bellman and Ryan interviewed more than 60 groups. Their research shows that people bring needs with them when they join a group, and those needs must be satisfied before any group can achieve extraordinary status. The more each group member’s individual needs are met, the more fulfilling the experience, and therefore the more extraordinary the group’s performance.

The authors boil it down in their Group Needs Model, a framework that identifies six human needs that are key to team effectiveness and eight performance indicators that differentiate extraordinary groups from the rest.

If you’re thinking to yourself that the potential for extraordinary group performance may actually be measurable, you’re right. And the good news is that you’ll be able to assess these dimensions very soon.

It is with great pleasure that I announce HRDQ has reached an agreement with the authors to publish an assessment and training package based on the eight performance indicators described in this book. Together with a related training and development program, the assessment is currently in production and will be released in the third quarter of 2011.

Want to learn more in the meantime? Register for the Linkage Organizational Development Summit in Chicago this coming May 3-5 and attend Geoff Bellman’s session, Creating Extraordinary Teams. He’ll explore:

  • What allows some teams to perform in ways that exceed their own expectations.
  • How extraordinary teams differ from most other teams.
  • What specific steps you can take to achieve extraordinary success, time and time again.

Be among the first 100 people to register and you can take a test drive of the beta version assessment free of charge.

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