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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 Commitment for Team Leaders

The Importance of Commitment for Team Leaders

You cannot be an effective team leader without commitment. There has never been a great leader that was not committed. Commitment is a leadership quality that inspires and attracts people. It shows that the leader has convictions and that the leader believes in the cause. A team will buy into the team leader before they buy into the vision.

Related: Leadership Outcome Based Team Building Activities

The True Nature of Commitment

  1. Commitment is a heart issue. Team leaders cannot wait for everything to be perfect before they are willing to commit themselves. Commitment is needed before success can be experienced. It is often a person’s heart that makes the difference between a good and a great leader. If you really want to make a difference in the life of others you need to look into your heart to see if you are really committed.
  2. Commitment is tested by action. The real test of a team leader’s commitment is action and not mere talk. Words are easy to say but it is much harder to live them out each day. How are you at following through on your commitments?
  3. Commitment opens the door to achievement. Leaders will often face obstacles and opposition. There will be times where their commitment is the only thing that carries them through. Commitment allows team leaders to press on and get up no matter how many times they get knocked down. Nothing worthwhile can be achieved without commitment.

Related: Resilience Outcome Based Team Building Activities

How to Improve Your Commitment

  1. Measure your commitment. There are times when team leaders think they are committed but their actions show otherwise. Take time to look at where you spend your time and how you spend your money. This will give you a clear indication of your true level of commitment.
  2. Know what is worth dying for. What are you willing to die for? What would you not be able to stop doing no matter the consequences? See if your actions match your ideals.
  3. Make your plans public. If you find it difficult to make that first step towards commitment, make your plans public. Making your plans public will help you to be more committed to following them through.

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

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The Importance of Commitment in Teamwork

The Importance of Commitment in Teamwork

People often have a tendency to associate commitment with emotions. They will follow through on something if they feel right about it. Real commitment is not based on emotions but is a character quality that helps you reach your goals. Where emotions changes and go up and down, commitment has to remain solid. A solid team is made up out of team members with a solid commitment to the team.

Related: Building Teams by Encouraging Teamwork

Commitment is Discovered in Adversity

You find out how committed the members of your team are when the team faces adversity. Struggles often strengthen a team’s resolve. Adversity promotes commitment and commitment in turn, promotes hard work. The more work a team puts into a project, the less likely they are to give up. Committed team members do not give up easily.

Commitment is not Dependent on Gifts or Abilities

Commitment does not automatically come with talent. You have to connect your gifts and abilities with commitment. Too many highly talent individuals squander their potential because they do not commit. Team members do not always underperform because they lack ability or opportunity, but because they are not using what they already have. If you commit to using the talent you already have, you will find that you have more talent and more to offer the team.

Commitment is a Choice

Whatever the conditions may be, commitment is always a matter of choice. Your conditions do not determine your choices; your choices determine your conditions. When you choose to be committed, you increase the chances of you and your team being successful.

Commitment Lasts When it is Based on Values

It is one thing to commit to something; it is another to remain committed. What do you base your commitment on? Choices based on solid life values place you in a better position to sustain your level of commitment. A commitment to something you belief in, is a commitment that is easier to keep.

How to Improve Your Level of Commitment

  • Tie Your Commitment to Your Values: Take time to reflect on your values. Your values are closely related to your ability to fulfill your commitments. Reevaluate commitments not related to your values and commit yourself to those values that you are not living out.
  • Take Risks: Commitment involves risk. You may fail or your team members may let you down. Give your best anyway, you will not regret it.
  • Evaluate the Commitment of Other Team Members: You cannot make a commitment to an uncommitted team member and expect a commitment from them. Examine your relationship to see if your reluctance to commit is due to the potential recipient being untrustworthy.

Resource: The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player

 

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