Begin with Your Understanding You are either building a high performance team from scratch or transforming an existing team into a high performance team. Regardless of which, don’t re-invent the wheel; sustainable high performing teams are not new. High performing teams are common, if not well known or understood. For instance the Special Air Service Regiment has been in existence since World War Two; Tactical Response Groups in law-enforcement have been in existence for at least forty years; elite sports teams have existed for thousands of years; elite research and development teams have existed for over a century. Other high performance teams we often overlook are our fire services and intensive and emergency care in hospitals.