5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Teamwork
1. Insisting on a Team that Doesn’t Make Sense
I’ve seen so much energy and money wasted to “improve the team dynamic” when the real issue is organizational structure. A cluster of human beings is not a team. No one is bonding if the only common denominator is who they report to. If you can’t identify several common goals (beyond YOUR performance agreement), consider the structure rather than organizing a team karaoke night. The best teams truly need one another to be successful. If you can’t change the structure, think harder about a few collaborative goals or projects that can get the team moving forward together.
2. Ignoring the Obvious Dynamic
If everyone on your team is frustrated by one member, stop pretending it’s not an issue (yes, even if she’s an “A Player).
I once worked on a team where one of our peers won a numbers-only based National recognition. Every one of her immediate peers understood the nasty back-stabbing dynamics beneath the surface. Our boss seemed to get it, but she got results, and results helped him. Instead of addressing it, he chose to call each of us individually and remind us of the “right thing to do…to call her and congratulate her.” The truth is, those calls had already begun. But his call assuming we couldn’t get there with her, reinforced the fact that we all had work to do in these relationships. Pushing us to be cooth was scratching the surface on a bigger issue that needed to be addressed. Continue Reading…