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6 Reasons Why Teams Fail









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Over the past couple of decades, a cult has grown up around teams.

There is a strong belief that working in teams makes us more creative and productive and it is so widespread that when faced with a challenging new task, leaders are quick to assume that teams are the best way to get the job done.

I bet as you are reading this you are thinking the same… 

Yet research (Hackman et al etc.) has consistently shows that teams, especially disruptive teams (teams that are made up of strong personalities, expertise and experience) often fail to deliver on their potential.

Here are the 6 common failure points that stop teams reaching their potential:

  • No compelling vision (or goals)

It is not that teams don't start with a vision or even objectives, it is just that organisations change and teams often don't. The vision is often no longer compelling enough to focus and drive the behaviour of the team to meet its goals. 

Click this link to discover the 3 steps to develop a compelling vision

  • Absence of Identity

For many being part of a team is seen as an addition to their day job or their work passion. They don't feel the level of attachment or accountability to their team or its objectives to truly make it successful. Or they are part of multiple teams, so their loyality and resources are stretched. leaving them confused about which which team goals do they prioritise...

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  • Lack of Commitment

Whilst team members often have a strong belief in their own abilities to succeed this does not necessarily translate into the conviction (and the extra discretionary effort) that everybody on the team has the right skills and commitment to help the team achieve its goals. 

  • Levels of Distrust

When you ask team members if they trust their colleagues, they will often say “of course” but ask them if they think team members look out for their best interests or the teams or their own, then you get a true indication of the level of trust within the team.  Teams can fail to reach their potential because of the uncertainty that people feel about their team members, especially their ability to focus on the team goals.

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  • Inadequate Communication

    It may seem obvious that if you are in a team you need to communicate and collaborate, but many teams do not deliver on their potential because the team focuses on priorities that close down discussion, which results in people not speaking out, listening and sharing their ideas. 

  • A failure to work together (Working in silos)

Teams on paper that should produce outstanding results (they have successful people in them, with great experience and expertise) fail because when things are difficult they don’t pull together as a team. 


So here the thing, do you recognise some or all of these failure points? 

Are you interested in knowing how to build Emotional Intelligent teams that will not succumb to these issues?

Then use the links under each team issue to discover team building tips that you can start using strainght away with your team.

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