Kate Nasser writes that teamwork productivity is never a sure thing. There are a lot of obstacles to people getting along and working well together.
- They have different personality types and don’t know how to adapt or don’t want to.
- They feel overrun by mavericks on the team who don’t collaborate.
- Their low emotional intelligence keeps squabbles alive.
- Respect is low
- Trust is low.
- They have different personal career goals.
What can a leader do about it?
Redefine teamwork. Most leaders and teams are still defining it as a group of people working toward common goals and results. And you see where that’s gotten you. A team actually is: people growing, changing, and adapting to reach a shared success. If you don’t include growing, changing, adapting in your definition of a team, people work on common goals purely from their own style and view. You then end up on the list of 21 troubles.
Most importantly, don’t let these troubles fester. Although you can’t prevent all of them, you can address interaction troubles as they surface. Left alone, these struggles become long held grudges with insurmountable barriers.