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Evaluating Team Performance: The Value of Team Debriefing after a Mission

Evaluating Team Performance

One of the greatest challenges an organization may face is bridging the execution gap between what they plan to do and what they actually do. Evaluating team performance is one of the ways you can close this execution gap, particularly during team debriefing sessions. During a debrief, you may discover that often, when teams have difficulty closing the gap between what they strive to achieve and what they actually achieve, it isn’t due to low levels of performance or limited access to resources – often, the root problems begin much sooner in the planning process.

Debriefing a team helps leaders evaluate the team’s performance by determining the specific problem that spurred the execution gap. For instance, did the team understand the mission objective? Did someone perform a job differently because they didn’t understand the leader or because the mission objective was not clearly defined? In this case, the execution gap may be caused due to a lack of leader’s intent, and team members may not have understood the mission objective because it wasn’t very clearly explained.

However, this is only one reason why an execution gap may occur, which is why team debriefing is imperative after each and every plan is executed. To learn more about evaluating team performance, schedule a mission with Afterburner’s fighter pilot consultants by completing the form on the right.


Essential Team Debriefing Sessions

Debriefing a team is an incredibly powerful tool that can help you find the core fundamental reasons as to where and why exhibited behaviors occur. A debriefing session can help you evaluate team performance on the individual level, enabling you to examine the individual accountable execution of each member on the team.

Even if the behavior was good and resulted in a positive outcome, it should still be examined – was it purposeful? Intentional? Preplanned? Or was it accidental? An accidental “lucky” outcome can cause just as large an execution gap as a failure does, because the team is unaware what actions or motives enabled them to succeed.

Evaluating a team’s performance by leveraging debriefing is powerful because it enables you to evaluate how leadership directs a team, how the team executes as a group, and how individuals fundamentally did or did not achieve their own accountable items. For more about team debriefing, contact our team building firm,