Reason 1 – Ideas To Try

THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY’RE DOING

Some key questions to ask yourself and your team.

Basic, really important ones:

  1. What result(s) is this team supposed to accomplish?
  2. Why is this important?
  3. What measures are we using to determine if we have accomplished what we are supposed to be doing or moving things along?
  4. Should we ask the boss (or equivalent) for help in determining what we are supposed to be doing?

Interesting ones:

  1. Look at your (and your team’s) response to # 2 above.  Does this response mean much to you personally or would you have a different response to that question if you could answer it with no one listening?
  2. Is the way in which you and your team are going about accomplishing what it is supposed to be doing consistent with that result?
  3. Does your team have any measures that look at ‘how’ you are doing what is important or only ones that let you know if you’ve done it?
  4. How will you know if you are being honest in determining what is important for this team to be doing?

Key points of this reason to hate work teams:

  • No team can function effectively without knowing what it should be focusing on and having some goals established.
  • Finding some workable level of agreement among team members what the team is supposed to accomplish is the first task for any team.
  • Honesty is the key ingredient in finding this workable level of agreement.

Discussion and comment points for this post:

  1. If you actually were on, or working with a team on this reason and tried out some of these questions, what was your experience?
  2. Would you have additional questions or key points to add?
  3. What have you found the most challenging thing in determining what a team is supposed to be doing?
  4. How have you addressed this challenge?
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