Of course we all know the definition of a team. A team is a group of people working together to achieve a particular purpose it may be business, projects or even social activities such as games. We also know in every team, we have a leader and other group members who are defined as followers, who most of the time have the similar goals but come from different backgrounds. The success of the team is dependent on how these totally different people work together to achieve their goals. I admit that getting people with different personalities and views to work together and succeed is not easy. For a manager or a team leader, it is important to know the challenges that you may face that could be the possible causes of team failure. Here are 7 reasons that teams fail:
1. The team has no direction
A goal is the direction of the team. Each team has a purpose, which is the reason for its existence. Each team member should know the purpose and the goal of the team so that whatever they do will be in line with the goal of the team. Knowledge of the goal of the team will enable them to know what to do, when to do it and how to do it to ensure success.
2. Team members view themselves as individuals and not as teams
Each team brings on board different experts of different fields. Most teams fail because the team members see themselves as individuals and not as a team. This causes poor communication among the team members and mistrust among the team members. Due to these limitations no results can be achieved and thus your team will fail.
3. Too reserved team members
This is the occurs when the team members do not feel comfortable sharing information about themselves with the other members of the team.This inhibits team building since there is mistrust among the members causing the team not to work together and fail.
4. Team members not letting go of past mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes and past mistakes and if they are not able to move to the future team building will not be possible.Such instances make make a team member not perform to his maximum potential due to fear of making the same mistake and this may limit success of the project
5. Forming the team at the wrong time
There is a time for everything and hence there is a time to form a team and a time not to. Forming a team when you have too many priorities and responsibilities is not the wisest decision to do. This will cause you not to have enough time to carry out team building in your team hence may cause your team to fail
6. Team members do not trust each other
Trust is earned and even for a team the members need to trust each other to work together efficiently. If they don`t feel confident to discuss their personal feelings about the team and the projects then there will be poor communication.Team building requires trust and communication among the members to avoid internal conflicts and prevent failure of the project.
7. Team members not giving the project enough time to mature
This challenges can be solved its up to you to ensure that your team performs best.