that don't perform or even those presently
being formed, will never ever perform
to the expectations, is due to number reasons.
The basic 3 elements of any successful team
are the Project, Process & People. The
last element people, is most complex &
often overlooked. In this article we shall
look at this complex element - People, &
understand, why team work fails or is
bound to fail.
are 7 common areas the senior management
needs to be carefull to make team work a
Team members don't understand the objective:
The team needs to know the objective in
clear & simple terms. Most common terms
should be as detailed as possible.e.g Why
the team is formed & what it is expected
to achieve? What is the given timeframe
for the objective? Is it event or calendar
driven? What is the reporting process? What
are the constrains (Functional,Political
etc.). Is it a research, advisory, or implementation
is not empowered: Once the team's objective
is clear it needs to have necessary authority.
Otherwise it will be a responsibility without
authority. Team should have management's
active support. Its authority must be clearly
communicated to the organisation. This is
extremely important especially for self-directed
Team members not matched to the objective:
Once objective & status is clear the
team building process starts. Identify the
required functional,technical experience/qualification
to achieve the objective. On basis of the
intended end result determine best mix of
thinkers, doers, analysers, innovators,
planners, documentors for the assignment.
Team members don't understand each others
working style: Every team member is
unique the way he/she works in a given environment.
Knowing each members' style helps in removing/avoiding
the misunderstanding in the interpersonal
Atmosphere not conducive to innate talent:
As each member brings own skills & behaviour
to the assignment, team leader must encourage
& allow innate strengths to flourish.
Otherwise the member will not work/contribute
to their full potential.
Team roles don't match with individual goals:
Each member has a set of professional aspirations.
The member hopes to realise at least some
of the steps, for a significant progress
towards meeting the aspirations. If the
member experiences working in the team is
not leading towards his aspiration, he/she
will not contribute to its full ability.
Hence it is important for the team leader
to know each members' professional aspiration.
Team leader: Many times due to poor
team leadership, talented team members are
not able to perform to their fullest. While
building a team, senior management should
be extremely careful while selecting the