“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.
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.