14 Things That Can Blow Teamwork to Smithereens

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What destroys true teamwork?  Why can some groups work well as a team but some simply blow apart?  Here are some basic weaknesses that can destroy any teamwork effort:

1. Absence of clear communication.

If any team is to be successful the ability to communicate and communicate clearly must be the number one objective of the team.  Without clear and open communication destruction of the team is just around the corner.

2. Failure to build rapport among team members.                        

Building a strong relationship among team members will never take place if communication (number 1) is not working well. Communication and rapport walk hand-in-hand.

3. Lack of synergy (interaction or cooperation) between members of the team.                                                                                          

This is an evolving process.  When a team communicates well (number 1) and builds a strong rapport (number 2) among team members synergy is created.  Interaction and cooperation of team members is an ongoing process.

4. Imbalance between vision (mission-emphasis) and managing (detail work).                                                                                      

When the first three steps are followed in a productive way the next step is to cast a clear vision for every team member.  Every person on the team should be able to state with clarity what the purpose and goal of the team is all about.  It is very easy to have an organization with no vision but it is impossible cast a vision without supportive organization.  Vision must come before organization and organization must grow out of vision.

5. Brushfire containment (wasting time on daily problems rather than acting on goals and strategies).

This action is when a team spends valuable time, resources and people skills on things that do not amount to much.  This is a depletion of valuable time, skills and resources.

6. Poor team performance.                                                                     

This is usually created by not doing the right things in the right way at the right time.  This also is a lack of harmony.  Everyone is doing their own thing their own way.

7. Poor time management.                                                                    

This is when the valuable resource of time is misused and is invested in areas that really do not accomplish much.  This can be clarified when steps 1-4 are nailed down.  You can never forget that time is a commodity.

8. Poor personal productivity of team members.

Laziness does not belong on a team.  There simply is no place for someone on a team that does nothing.  Every member on the team and their giftedness is essential for its success.

9. Poor conflict management.

Conflicts are extremely dangerous for the success of any team if they are handled in a negative fashion.  However, conflicts can be opportunities to create great possibilities for the team.  It is a matter of how they are handled.  Conflicts do not need to be seen as destructive. Conflict can produce great opportunities for the team if handled in a healthy fashion.

10. Poor evaluation of opportunities.

Each opportunity for the team should be given enough time to study and think over.  An ignored opportunity could kill a great possibility.

11. Poor organization.                                                                          

Clear and simple organization is essential for team success.  Many teams destroy their possibilities by too much organization.  Keep it simple!

12. Constant turnover of team members.

One of the great successes of strong teamwork is the team’s ability to keep the group together. The team is more valuable than the organization, property, income, equipment and buildings.  Nothing is more important than the individuals that make up the team.

13. Lack of continuity.                                                                           

A team will never become strong if it is recreated over and over and over.  Every team needs a state of stability and the absence of disruption.  This does not mean that the team cannot change it simply means that the team members are willing to make transitions in unity.

14. Stifling of momentum.                                                                    

Every healthy team is in movement.  A team that is not expanding and evolving is not tapping into the talents and resources of every team member.

These are some basic warnings to help create healthy teamwork.  Every team will have adjustments, disagreements, and conflicts; the goal is not to allow the negatives to outweigh the positives.

Dale Roach

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