Winnipeg Free Press - Section H - - CAREERS -

Ex­am­ine team pur­pose — Strug­gling teams fre­quently do not have a com­mon goal. In ad­di­tion, the team pur­pose may not be per­ceived to have any sig­nif­i­cance in the or­ga­ni­za­tion and can there­fore be prob­lem­atic. Look for mem­bers who do not ap­pear com­mit­ted and thus miss meet­ings or fail to pro­duce their work prod­uct.

Re­view the le­git­i­macy of the goals — Quite of­ten dys­func­tional teams fo­cus on the wrong goal and/or have a goal that is too broad or nar­row. This of­ten leads to frus­tra­tion and a lack of fo­cus. Re­view the team goals for breadth, scope and ap­pro­pri­ate­ness. Re­fine things as nec­es­sary.

As­sess the mix of mem­bers — De­ter­mine if you have the right peo­ple on your team with the right skills. Some peo­ple are bet­ter at the ideation and cre­ativ­ity stage while oth­ers are more ef­fec­tive at the im­ple­men­ta­tion stage. De­ter­mine if there are any chal­lenges with the mix of mem­bers.

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