We make a lot of assumptions about teams at work. One of the most common is that everyone on the team is on the same page.
While Groupthink is not necessarily desirable – as it crushes creativity – a certain level of consensus is required to move projects forward. Sometimes we assume the consensus is there when it’s not, because we haven’t done our homework and haven’t been diligent in discerning team dynamics that can get in the way of success.
So, what makes your team fail? There are three key reasons for team breakdown that we’d like to discuss here. We’ve included three strategies to avoid disaster corresponding to each of them.
1. Repairing trust issues
Trust doesn’t happen overnight. Often, teams are thrown together in common purpose when they don’t know each other well enough to have established the trust necessary to proceed effectively.
But there’s a cure for that. Employers who behave as though trust has already been established by signaling confidence in all members serve to encourage early onset trust.
Greet ideas coming from the team enthusiastically, knowing they can be improved upon. Make that a mission for the team. It will light a fire.
Be the rock your team needs to feel that they’re working in a stable setting and are supported.
2. Fostering communication
Poor communication is one of the most pressing challenges of our age. There’s a whole lot of assuming going on, but you can lead by modelling clear communication yourself.
Teams who aren’t performing well are almost always laboring under a “silo effect”. Encouraging open dialogue and communication can address this, but it must be made clear from inception that team members need to check in with each other on a face-to-face basis.
While this is more difficult to do remotely, there are plenty of tools to facilitate the same discipline, online. Even when team members are on the other side of the world, making it abundantly clear that team success is dependent on this crucial element will encourage early and effective communication which will stick with your team through completion.
3. Contextualizing remote communication
This item is key to success for teams working virtually/remotely. Encouraging informal conversations in which team members share is the key to helping them find their place in the greater scheme of things and understanding more about who they’re working with.
The foundation of any successful team is the interplay of relationships within that structure. The more people know about each other and what they’re thinking, the less latitude there is for unfortunate misunderstandings – which can lead to team breakdown – and disaster.
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