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> The 8 most common reasons for underachieving team.

June 6, 2016

Reason 1: Your team doesn't have an agreed understanding of your teams strengths and weaknesses.
Solution: Complete a team assessment and discuss the results. Check out https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMM_84.htm

Reason 2: Team members are experiencing interpersonal conflict resulting.
Solution: Read the book 'Crucial Conversations' or check out the youtube clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuJgqTs-G44

Reason 3: There are team members who bring a negative attitude to team meetings.
Solution: Check out http://99u.com/articles/37261/the-secret-to-an-efficient-team-gratitude and begin to practise gratitude in your team meetings.

Reason 4: Team members display a lack of passionate commitment to a clear team purpose.
Solution: Check out http://www.the1thing.com/. Consider buying the book for all of the team to work through and discuss.

Reason 5: You have team members who aren't facing the reality of your situation.
Solution: Read the excellent blog by James Clear on 'How to Stop Lying to Ourselves' at http://jamesclear.com/stethoscope-self-awareness

Reason 6: Team members don't make clear clear, specific and realistic agreements that they can be held accountable for.
Solution: Read the small book 'The New One Minute Manager' and begin to practice One Minute Goal Setting. (Short video on this at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoBBs8ZwIzg) or check out Ed Muzio 'Setting SMART Goals at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKMrWsjUOZQ

Reason 7: Team members procrastinating or focusing on the wrong activities.
Solution: Check out the brilliant blog http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2015/01/how-to-stop-procrastinating/

Reason 8: You have team members who do not do what they promise to do.
Solution: Yes you really should read the small book 'The New One Minute Manager' and begin to practice One Minute Reprimands. (A helpful video explaining this can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqWCAiQ3U_k)

Another great resource for struggling teams is the book 'The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable'

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