The sentiment is right in that being a part of a team means you are no longer an individual, and yet, it’s wrong – as we all know there are, in fact, many ‘I’s in a team; the trick is motivating them to work together.
I’ve just finished reading “The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni. Popular for its sound analysis of what makes teams work and what doesn’t, it is a must-read for anybody who wants to strengthen their leadership skills.
If you suspect your team (or teams) is not working as well as it could be, take a minute to examine how it functions. You might notice some of these 5 major dysfunctions that are messing with achieving a golden dynamic:
1. Absence of Trust – Is there an unwillingness among your team for individuals to share their ideas and challenges with one another?
2. Fear of Constructive Conflict – Is there a resistance towards healthy conflict? Will your team members share conflict with management or with each other in a way that seeks to find a solution?
3. Lack of Commitment – Are team members engaged with the business in a way that makes their role personally rewarding to them?
4. Avoidance of Accountability – Is there a culture of accountability whereby all tiers of the organisation are accountable to the organisation for the way they conduct themselves professionally?
5. Inattention to Results – Do your team members have a tendency to seek out individual recognition and attention at the expense of team goals?
Part of the work we do at Genesis is to help businesses create and/or improve the performance of management teams so that they are more engaged, more productive and better placed to capitalise on their potential for greater growth.
If you want to know more about how we can help you create teams that work in sync, propelling your business forward, contact me today: firstname.lastname@example.org