Success is a habit. Unfortunately, failure is also a habit. However, that can be a good thing if you want to reverse the bad habits of your company's employees and/or teams. That's because once you spot a pattern, you can take the steps necessary to break that pattern.
The only thing worse than a single employee failing is an entire team of employees failing. That's why it's important to identify dysfunctional patterns and breathe life back into a group that is in danger of falling short of expectations.
Below are the most common traits and characteristics of teams and departments that fail:
#1 - Lack of communication/miscommunication
This is far and away the most common trait of group failure. It's imperative that the lines of communication are opened and then maximized, so that everybody has the correct information and they have it when they need to have it. Communication is also important for feedback, which leads to necessary adjustments and corrections.
#2 - No clearly defined roles for team members
If nobody knows what exactly they're supposed to be doing, then how is anything going to get done? It's not going to get done, and even if something does get done, chances are good that it was done wrong. The role of every member of the team or department should be clearly defined from the very beginning.
#3 - Confusion in regards to expectations
The only thing worse than being confused about your role is being confused about your role AND also confused about the expectations for you in that role. That's a sure recipe for disaster, which is usually what occurs.
#4 - Lack of chemistry and/or camaraderie among team members
This is more of the X-factor in regards to this topic. Although it's difficult to predict exactly how employees will interact with one another, it falls on the collective shoulders of management to set the team or department up for success at the very outset of the project. Ideally, a member of the team will also step up and fill a leadership role and help to facilitate positive interaction and chemistry among the group.
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