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As an HR executive, you have many responsibilities and oftentimes being the champion for teamwork can get put on the back burner. You’d like to hope that you put a group of co-workers together in a room or on a project and they would be effective. But that can only prove to be a true waste of time and resources if these teammates don’t know how to communicate or contribute to an agreed upon outcome.
As with most successful processes, it is important to start by learning how to spot when things are not working or out and out failing. I’ve narrowed down four ways I’ve seen teams not be successful:
4 Reasons Teams Fail
1. No Common Goal – The team isn’t really a unified team and doesn’t yet share a common direction.
2. No Clear Direction – The leader does not have a plan in place, is unclear about the direction of the team, or the priorities needed to accomplish the desired outcomes.
3. No Purpose – Somewhere along the way, the team loses its initiative, purpose, and/or direction.
4. No Accountability – The leader is ineffective or unwilling to hold team members accountable for their work.
Teams that don’t stay on task and get things done are a waste of time. I know it can be a challenge to reach the desired level of team effectiveness especially if you’re putting together a new team, but not taking action to build a better team can leave your organization stagnant and your business goals out of reach.
For further reading on improving teamwork, see my article The Role of Human Resources in Helping Teams.
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