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Reasons Teams Fail

Reasons Teams Fail

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

Often teams have blind spots when it comes to knowing themselves. Especially when it comes to their weaknesses. If a team does not know they have a problem, how can they work to fix it? Try to see the shortcomings of your team in this list of reasons teams fail. Be aware of any recurring issues within the team.

Related: Problem Solving Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Poor People Skills

Probably the greatest obstacle to success is poor understanding of people and the inability to effectively relate to other people. Teams often blame office politics for their failures where there has been just regular interaction between people. Good people skills that your team needs to develop include genuineness and authenticity, the ability to listen carefully and looking for ways to meet people on their terms. If you make people skills a priority in your team, it will take the team further than any other skill can. People enjoy doing business with people that they like.

A Negative Attitude

How your team react to circumstances has everything to do with the success of the team. While it is true that we cannot always do something about the circumstances, we can always do something to improve ourselves. If circumstances are getting your team down, then maybe it is time for a change in attitude. If your team can learn to make the best of any situation, it will remove a formidable obstacle between them and success.

A Bad Fit

Sometimes failure simply comes down to mismatched abilities, interests or values. Your team will experience great frustration if they are stuck doing something that does not suit them. If there is a poor fit, think of making a change.

Lack of Focus

Teams that lack focus do not fail because they are too busy, they fail because their priorities are incorrect and they waste their time and resources. Teams that lack focus go from task to task without making any progress and never reach their goals. Without focus, your team will never move forward.

A Weak Commitment

Without strong commitment, your team cannot accomplish anything of value. The last time your team failed, did they stop because they failed or did they fail because they stopped trying. When your team is committed, failure does not mean they will never succeed, it may just take a while longer.

An Unwillingness to Change

Inflexibility is a relentless enemy of your team’s success. Your team does not have to love change, but they must be willing to accept it. Change can be a catalyst for growth. It can give the team a fresh start and an opportunity to reevaluate the direction they are going. If your team is resisting change, they are resisting success.

A Shortcut Mind-Set

A common obstacle to success is the desire to cut corners and take the short road to success. Shortcuts never pay off in the long run. Your team should not underestimate the time it takes to achieve something of value. To be successful, they have to be willing to pay their dues. Cutting corners is a sign of impatience and poor self discipline.

Relying on Talent Alone

Talent alone is not enough to bring your team through the multiple challenges on the road to success. The greater the talent, the more likely you are to lean heavily on it and skip the hard work of improving it. Place your team on a growth plan to make the most of their talents.



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The Importance of a Positive Attitude for Team Leaders

The Importance of a Positive Attitude for Team Leaders

Leaders, who are achieving lasting success, are those leaders who possess a positive outlook on life. To be an effective team leader it essential that you have a positive outlook on life. A positive attitude not only determines your level of contentment it also impacts how others interact with you.

Related: Leadership Outcome Based Team Building Activities

A Positive Attitude is a Choice

As a team leader, you should never wait for someone else to motivate you. Do not let the circumstances dictate the way you think. No matter what may have transpired yesterday, your attitude today is your choice.

Your Attitude Determines Your Actions

Success is not always the result of a high IQ or exceptional talent. Your attitude is always more important than your aptitude. A positive attitude is important because your attitude will determine your actions.

Your Team is a Mirror of Your Attitude

A team leader cannot have a poor attitude and at the same time expect the team members to be positive. The positive attitude of a leader not only fuels the leader, but it also encourages the team to keep pressing on until they succeed. As a team leader, one of your goals should be to pass on your positive attitude to your team.

Maintain a Positive Attitude

If you already have a positive attitude, it is crucial that you work on maintaining it. Maintaining a positive attitude is better than trying to regain one. If you struggle to expect the best of yourself and your team, remember you can change it because you can choose your attitude.

How Team Leaders Can Improve Their Attitudes

Feed on a steady diet of positive and motivational material. Start feeding yourself with a regular diet of motivational books and talks. The more negative you are, the longer it will take to turn your attitude around. A steady diet of positivity will transform you into a positive thinker.

Achieve a goal a day. If team leaders feel that they are not making progress, it may cause them to fall into a rut of negativity. Team leaders can overcome this by setting achievable daily goals for themselves. A pattern of positive achievement will help develop a pattern of positive thinking.

Put up reminders of positivity. Put up reminders in your work area and home to keep your thoughts positive. You can put up awards, inspirational posters or positive letters you received. Find something that will work for you.


Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader


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