Do we want or need High Performance Teams (HPT) in our VUCA 2021 world? More directly for this article, do Top Management Teams (TMTs) need to be HPTs for long-term value creation and growth? When we view the TMT as a proposed HPT, would we rather want or need them to be the good or useful version of a group of distributed and unconnected powerful “feudal barons and baronesses”. I know this seems ludicrous because teams, and the special version of a team called a HPT, seem to have knee jerk and near universal support that they are a “good” no matter what.
This article will be on the technical side. But I think it also presents concepts about competitive strategy, finance and wealth creation that are very important for senior management and strategy and finance professionals. One last point before we begin. I am mindful of the raging debate about shareholder capitalism and stakeholder capitalism. While I am a shareholder value proponent, I need to table this discussion for this article. This debate will not be resolved soon, maybe never. But in the meantime, senior management along with strategy and finance professionals must lead and manage for value and wealth creation, whether enlightened or not.