Are you Part of a Dysfunctional Team?

Posté le 08/06/2017

So, you think you are part of a dysfunctional team? You're either the leader of that maybe-dysfunctional team or you're a member.

If you're the leader, you wish the team would get better somehow...but how? 

If you're a member of the team, you are wondering when the leader will fix the issues.

So how do you know if you are part of a dysfunctional team and what can you do about it?

  • Team members go to meetings and complain that there are too many meetings
  • Team members take actions during meeting but dont actually deliver them and...nothing happens
  • Team members act differently or say things on a one to one basis that they don't voice during team moments
  • Team members have hidden agendas (what's that?)
  • Team members don't hold each other accountable
  • Team members dont trust each other
  • and on and on

You know the feeling, this list probably confirms your situation. 

But now, what can you do about it? After all, you're just a member or you're the busy leader who needs to make sure the important project gets done, you dont have time to babysit the team. Right? I know.

And how long has this been going on? Months? Years? Yiiks.

When teams start to get dysfunctional they inevitably turn toxic and that means performance will be lower and lower and lower until someone decides to do a big bang. Whatever that translates to is not good news.

So, as the leader, it is your job to take the team into your own hands

  • make team cohesion your only priority
  • organise a 2-day retreat with a pro
  • hire a coach so that the retreat does not get forgotten, for you and for your team
  • follow up on the behaviors you want to see / not see
  • give everyone a role that fits with their strength
  • help them own their team and bring it to its next level

Remember, all team members want to succeed individually and collectively.

Team members expect the leader to do something about it!

All my love, 

Suzanne