You’ve probably been on team building events, where you learn all about your strengths and weaknesses (sorry, your ‘areas for improvement’) and are told what a ‘true team’ should look like and how it should function. Metaphors and idioms abound, with ‘pulling in the same direction’, ‘agree the rules of engagement’, ‘all buy in to the goals’, etcetera. So who can put your hand up and say that right now you are working in a team that is functioning right at the top end of efficiency and effectiveness? We expect none of you (unless you happen to be part of the Bayern Munich football team).
Why is it that we just can’t seem to get stuff done like the textbooks and ‘team coaches’ say we should. Well, here are 5 common reasons we have identified: Read more