I was recently reading the article published in Bloomberg Businessweek by Liz Ryan. She wrote as follows “The principal signs of a fear-soaked senior leadership are a preoccupation with looking out for No. 1, a clampdown on consensus-building conversations, and the shunning or ousting of anyone so bold or naive as, to tell the truth about what he or she believes.”
If managers are focused on their own interests and do not listen to input from employees, the team suffers a significant loss. I will go over the warning signs of the dysfunction of teams in Mrs. Ryan’s article. I will also offer some suggestions for what a good team-building business can assist your company in improving team performance. Her explanation of the red flags is followed by my suggestion to change it. (Note that my company offers the workshop described in this article. They are simply an example of the effectiveness of teambuilding. There are a variety of reputable training organizations that provide similar services)
1. Appearances matter.
If people are more concerned regarding the caliber of their job and more about the way they’re perceived by supervisors further up the chain, they’re afraid. Solution If it’s not fun for you, then you’re not doing the right thing! “Team FUN-damentals” teaches understanding the importance of enthusiasm, how attitude impacts work, as well as the effects of being kind. Through focusing on each individual as a member of a group, every participant is taught the importance of their role in the product of work. This lets people not be so concerned about perception and allows them to find happiness working.
2. Everyone is discussing who’s ascending and who’s falling.
The obsession with status and political capital is a clear sign that the best interests of stakeholders have been pushed to the side. Solutions: “Charity Team Building” activities take the focus off the individual, and they’re the importance of status. Participants discover that by working as a group, they can produce an item that benefits their communities. This kind of event emphasizes the importance of all members contributing to the shared purpose. If one member of the team is not performing, then the entire team is not doing its job.
3. The fear of being judged is the main factor.
When must employees consider whether it is appropriate to discuss their thoughts and thoughts? Fear reigns. Solutions: “Esprit de Corps” is described by the definition of “A common spirit of camaraderie, enthusiasm, and devotion to a cause among the members of a group.” The bigger team is split into smaller groups that have to complete an array of tasks. These types of events are typically outdoor—local architectural, historical, and ambiance to provide participants with an experience of being in the area. The challenges are diverse and require the participants to think about their ideas. Any idea is a good one to contemplate. This type of event builds trust and enhances the exchange of information.
4. Numbers rule.
A love of the performance of employees is an average of their goals. The solution: “Stocking the Shelves” is an action-packed, fast-paced event that appears to be focused on performance goals and competition. However, as the day unfolds, participants discover that an organized approach is necessary because of unexpected issues. Groups are required to make use of the diverse nature of their members as they delegate tasks and work together. Suppose they concentrate on the goal of completing their tasks first and then be unable to finish their work. This leads to an offering of food products to the local Food Bank.
5. Rules number in thousands.
The most commonly cited characteristic of a workplace that is based on fear is the overreliance on rules and regulations. The solution: “Doors and Windows” explore changes to static policies. Participants develop negotiation skills, which aids in determining the difference between wants and needs. Collaboration versus competitive decision-making and finding win-win solutions is essential to finish the job of building dollhouses. They are then donated to a local hospital for children.
6. Management considers lateral communication suspect.
Companies that do not allow employees to collaborate are the places where fear has taken root. The solution: “Bicycle Team Building” promotes collaboration. The lack of communication laterally will not propel the team ahead. To finish the task of building the bicycle, it is important to come up with ideas, consider different perspectives on the directions given, and work in conjunction with other groups. We recommend that you put the upper management in the mix of teams. The leader who attempts to take all the decisions will quickly find his/her team to be behind. The bikes that have been completed are donated to local children in need.
7. Information is snatched.
People who allow them to increase their power through information are the ones in which fear has destroyed trust beneath its feet. Solution: “Zoo crew” groups use various forms of communication to find and identify clues. Communication within the team is improved, and no one person can gather all the data needed to accomplish the task. Once the clues have been solved, and the animals are put together to donate to Local First Responders.
8. Brown-nosers are the norm.
Senior leaders who are based on fear have a tendency to surround themselves with people who say yes because it’s more pleasing to get”the “right” answer than the truth. Solutions: “Helping America’s Heroes” is a specific kind of cycling team building. Teams work together in order to gather the components needed that will be used to construct the bikes. It’s important to remember that the “right” answer isn’t always right and gaining favor won’t help the team move forward. What is unique about this program is the fact that the bikes have been completed and provided to military families. The impact of the moment families arrive in uniform helps put the working environment in the proper perspective.
9. The office is a source of sadness, not laughter.
Fear blocks creativity. The solution: “Comedy improv” uses the skills and techniques learned and practiced by professional improvisers to assist in improving their skills in different ways:
Be open to new possibilities.
Improve the ability to communicate and listen between managers, co-workers, and employees.
Do not take yourself too seriously.
Being capable of “Go with the flow” and be able to set new standards, goals, and standards while striving to improve and improve.
10. Management takes leadership based on fear.
If senior executives are able to shout, “Be glad you have a job, stop whining, and get back to work,” your anxiety issue is not on the table. Solutions: “Squish Creativity Like a Bug” is designed primarily to be used by a group of leaders. However, it can be used by employees of all levels. The fictional boss, Steele Steadman, is an over-the-top, exaggerated, and smug boss. The group watches a series of videos where Steele is portrayed as a highly controversial and naive philosophy. A discussion moderated by the author allows participants to openly talk about the negative effects of this kind of leadership. In the second portion of the seminar, positive characteristics of leadership are examined.
A leader who is based on fear can be detrimental to team performance. Research conducted by Kotter & Heskett in their book Corporate Culture and Performance shows that companies with environments that have this kind of leadership generate less money, have lower stock prices, and generate less net profits. The solutions for team building I suggested are ones that I have used before. They’re in no way “the” solutions, but more of “a” solution. By working with other top teams, You can come up with solutions to change a negative culture and help your business achieve greater productivity and employee satisfaction.