The teams in your organisation have a great capacity for cooperation – if you setup the environment for that to occur. But culture eats strategy for breakfast! What we see time and again are dysfunctional cultures where competition between groups has created a win-lose scenario.
Very few aspects of organisational life compromise leadership, culture, effectiveness, service delivery and positive outcomes as much as dysfunctional and destructive behaviour in work groups. Problematic behaviours from individuals, cliques, particular teams and/or rogue managers can completely disrupt and derail well-developed strategies and poison cultures.
Leadership is the key. Leaders set the tone and influence the culture through their actions. Understanding the latest research in neuroscience and cognitive psychology can help greatly in setting up the processes and environment for your teams to work together to achieve the level of performance you need.
Team composition is far less important than team interaction.
Productive teams are at the heart of successful organisations. However traditional approaches to hierarchy and teams are giving way to a more decentralised ‘network of teams’approach. In the new team environment, do you know how to:
- form a highly functioning team?
- foster productive team dynamics?
- correct dysfunctional dynamics?
- deal with difficult “non-team players” in a team environment?
- conduct specific conversations that foster a culture of team excellence?
Some of the issues for team functioning are:
- Leaders often “inherit” teams.
- Teams often are not recruited or formed with “optimal performance” in mind.
- A dysfunctional member or a dysfunctional clique within a team can render it non-productive, or certainly regularly sub-standard in performance.
- The balance between addressing team dynamics and performance management
Talk to us about options for improving team performance.