Like most good managers or leaders, you understand the benefits of teams working together. At the same time you probably recognize that there are challenges too.
So what are the key challenges of getting teams to work together?
Challenge 1: We are conditioned to look after Number One
Think about it, most of the time throughout our life it is what we do individually that determines our success. When we are studying or going for a job for example, it is what we do that counts. So you need to recognize that for most people looking after their own interests is the default position.
Challenge 2: We make judgements
Another natural tendency is to make judgements about what people will or won’t do; whether they will deliver, whether they know enough, have the skills to name just a few. The trouble is that, when we make judgements of others, we close off a channel which limits the options for getting the best from teams.
Challenge 3: We like to pass the buck
In my experience, there are people who would much rather pass the buck than take responsibility for playing their part in the team. Passing the buck and not taking responsibility is toxic and impacts heavily on team working.
Challenge 4: How we look matters more than results
At the end of the day, it’s results that count but, despite this, people still put their personal reputation ahead of results. Remember, protecting egos if it results in less than optimal results is counter productive.
The Bottom Line
Getting results from teams takes effort and energy. The question is, are you willing to invest to leverage the benefits?
Duncan Brodie helps accountants in leadership and management roles to get better results through teams. Check out his free resources here
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.