Building Your TEAM *

If you want to develop your organization and build successful teams for your business, you need to avoid the five primary causes of team dysfunction. The causes and what to do about each follow.

1. Absence of Trust
Team members need to be able to admit their weaknesses and mistakes, to acknowledge the strengths of others, and to apologize when they do something wrong. Mistakes are part of the process to success. What is essential is to help others learn from the mistake. Leaders need to ask questions and coach team members to make necessary changes.

2. Fear of Conflict
Great teams argue. Not in a mean-spirited or personal way, but they disagree—and passionately—when important decisions are made. Avoiding conflict prevents communication from taking place and leads to mediocrity. Remember, the greatest enemy of excellence is good.

3. Lack of Commitment
When team members openly share opinions on a decision, they don’t wonder whether anyone is holding back or not. When the leader has to step in and make a decision, team members will accept that decision because they know their ideas were heard and considered. Effective communication is critical for team success.

4. Avoidance of Accountability
The best kind of accountability on any team is peer-to-peer. Peer pressure is more efficient and effective than communicating with the leader. Members of great teams confront each other when they see something that isn’t serving the team. They understand that they are accountable to each other.

5. Inattention to Results
Team members need to be focused on the collective good of the team. Too often, they focus their attention on their department, their budget, their career aspirations or their egos. Great teams put the tangible results of the team ahead of their individual needs.





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