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Our Team Can’t Get Traction

Hidden Team Dynamics Are Real

All teams are potentially dysfunctional.  This is inevitable because teams are made up of fallible, imperfect human beings.  From the basketball court to the executive suite, politics and confusion are more the rule than the exception.  Whenever we meet teams and say this out loud, they immediately nod their heads, but in a desperate way.  They seem to grasp this truth while simultaneously surrendering to the impossibility of not knowing what to do.

If this sounds familiar and you’re thinking, “Something is going on with my team that is stopping us from moving forward,” but you can’t put your finger on what “IT” is and you don’t know what to do, the good news is that you’re not alone.   We have seen this look and have heard this uncertainty in every team we’ve ever met.  The good news is that we understand, and we also have answers.

After working with hundreds of senior leaders and Fortune level corporations, one thing is clear. Today’s leaders are firefighting through crisis and disruption – with no known solutions at the ready. Leaders are asked to choose between keeping employees safe or scaling for growth. Seek bold ideas or execute the current strategy. Scale with new service lines or focus on existing customers. The choices are daunting.

At first glance, these pressures seem paradoxical, but they are not insurmountable. You may struggle with today’s leadership concept because the challenges are simultaneous and ambidextrous, but it isn’t because you aren’t competent or seasoned enough.

As a leader, you are now required to have horizontal influence and not the vertical power and hierarchical structure you might have professionally grown up with. You must have new skills, and you realize that what got you here won’t get you there. This is your leadership gap.

Work Together to Achieve Results

Let me be clear: “If you get all the people in an organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time.” Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Often teams can’t get traction because hidden dynamics are playing out just beneath the surface, no matter how high performing or at which organizational level the team is situated.  For some teams, it’s a lack of trust; for executive teams, we have seen a fear of conflict, and for teams working through a change management initiative, we have seen a lack of commitment.   The solution to getting traction isn’t identifying the hidden problem; it’s ensuring every team member is aware of themself and then aware of other team members.   Let us say that again.  The solution is to ensure your team members take responsibility for themselves and their impact and then understand how they impact the team’s energy and serve its purpose.   

Imagine Your Dream Team

Imagine it’s six months from now, and someone has just asked you about your team’s performance. “My team has learned how to maximize their abilities and potential and are working with a common purpose toward shared goals,” you state, sporting a huge smile. Imagine that you’ve learned how to maximize your team’s collective talents. You’ve given them the resources they need to exceed every goal they set for themselves. Your team is a shining example of effective teamwork. You may think this sounds impossible, but the fact is, team coaching is transformative.

 

Create safety and trust within your team

Learn how to allow your team to have difficult and authentic conversations

allow your team to see they are a cohesive system

Empower your team to self identify patterns of behavior and team dynamics

 

Permit your team to function and excel autonomously

Create an opportunity for team members to align with each other and the organization

Are You The Leader?

At this point, you can follow one of two paths. First, you can move on without clicking the button below and continue suffering with your team’s dynamic. And, chances are, they will continue performing as they have always performed. Your team will likely continue to struggle, and you will more than likely continue to wonder why they aren’t performing and remain puzzled about what you can do about it.

Or you can choose the second path.

You can choose to do something different, stop trying to figure out how you will solve your team’s dynamic all by yourself, and instead follow the lead of two seasoned team coaches who know how to observe, assess, give feedback and empower teams. In six months, you know where you’ll be if you choose to do nothing, but there’s no telling how much your team can accomplish if you partner with us.

“You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them but by building a fire within.” Bob Nelson

Let’s partner together to build a fire within. Click the button below to strike your team’s match.

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