Danger! These Things Can Kill Teams.

Danger! These things can kill teams.
Joe Burroughs

Joe Burroughs

Many people are frustrated by uncertainty and complexity in their jobs. I use Agile principles to provide clear and simple strategies so that you can win at work!

1. Ego – It is easy to say, “there is no I in team,” but individuals all have egos and those are fragile things. Encourage your teams to share a motto or phrase at the start of each team event or meeting that reinforces that they are all in this together to establish the correct mindset.

2. Beating a Dead Horse – Letting go is not easy for everyone and some teams like to revisit past issues repeatedly. Build a limit for this by timeboxing each presentation or topic and firmly sticking to it. Also, restrict how quickly a topic can be brought back before the team after it has been addressed.

3. Pessimism – Look on the bright side because negativity is contagious. Team members who are consistently negative can bring down the morale of the entire team. So, address their concerns while presenting the value of optimism. Here’s a previous post on that: https://lnkd.in/eTJYQtZ

4. The end does NOT justify the means – Teams need to understand they are accountable for their results and their path to those results. Without this accountability, corners get cut and compromises are made.



Joe Burroughs

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