The Strategist

Five teamwork killers

10/24/2016 - 15:54

Complete team effort is a cornerstone of any company’s triumph. Unfortunately, managers and employees don’t always succeed in building perfect productive environment to promote growth of the organization.
Patrick Lencioni wrote a book about how to fill gaps in workflow and increase effectiveness of your team.

Mutual mistrust

Trust is foundation of any relationship. Precisely trust gives confidence that all team members are guided by the same principles. This, in turn, creates a favorable atmosphere in which employees can and should create.

Only when team members are not afraid to appear weak, and when they do not need to hide their shortcomings, you can talk about trust. Only climate of confidence allows employees to concentrate on professional activity and do not waste their energy on gossips and intrigues.

Siding issues

Any relationships have a room for a constructive conflict through which these relationships are developed and transferred to a new level. However, many companies consider conflicts unacceptable, which is why ordinary employees and managers try to avoid open discussions. As a result, atmosphere in the team is heating up, workers begin to turn their backs to each other and spin intrigues. The team spirit is weakening.

Lack of commitment

Lack of commitment is another defect of a team. As a rule, this shortcoming manifests itself when team members are getting a different perception of information, and follow different goals. Sometimes it happens that they do not take any action at all. Optionally, lack of commitment can also bloom to the surface when not all employees agree with goals and conclusions obtained in the course of discussion. When this situation occurs, they are starting to sabotage work and ideas of their colleagues.

No expectations of others 

Unfortunately, many teams have no idea about such thing as demanding from other participants. Expectations of others help achieve impressive results, and eliminate actions that cause damage to your company.

When a team does not encourage demands, then colleagues are shy to point at each other’s shortcomings. This, in turn, affects overall level of quality of the organization, and leads to extinction of the team energy.

Indifference to the group result

Often, workers put personal goals above team’s targets. In this case, employees can perfectly cope with their work and get along with others, yet they show almost no interest in the group target.

Sometimes, members of a team believe that the most important thing is to do their job. However, as we well know, common goals help a team achieve even more impressive results. Therefore, it is very important to engage everyone in the race for success.

Teamwork is not a panacea for all woes, but a real mean to achieve competitive advantage.

A competitor can copy a technology, marketing tricks or anything else. Yet, it is impossible to steal intellectual resource and efficiency of interaction in a business process.

A team is led by a principle of synergy. Performance of each participant is more than that of one: 2 + 2 = 5.

Organizational changes are perfectly normal in modern business. Work of the entire team helps quickly adapt to new conditions and cope with difficulties of the transition period.

Projects are common for the modern business. In these circumstances, employees using teamwork skills always reach the goals faster than separated individuals.

Finally, teamwork makes people happy, and gives an opportunity to enjoy even routine work, since a good team is meant to become a team of friends and like-minded people.

Based on 'The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable' by Patrick Lencioni