Most likely, you’re not interested in damaging your team. Sometimes, we commit behaviors that eventually lead to the same result. It is therefore helpful to examine ten of the behaviors that hurt the team’s spirit and derail motivation. If you read these suggestions, you won’t see too many that you do regularly.
Take out your red pen and make a note of all the things you’re not doing. The person with the lowest score will win the Most Outstanding Team player award!
1. Intimidation is what holds things together.
Intimidation is the shortcut to cooperation. If you impose the opinions of your team members by threatening them with harsh criticism or coercion, it creates an environment of anxiety. If this happens, you could be able to achieve your goals for a short time; however, without cooperation, the team will not be as creative and may have trouble figuring out problems.
2. Don’t solicit opinions from employees.
One way to keep participation lower is to avoid seeking opinions from those who may not be in agreement with you. If you make decisions for your team based on the views of people who generally have the same views, it will result in no discussion. With no input from the other team members, decisions are made dependent on narrower perspectives—people who aren’t active stop contributing. The situation has become chronic, and productivity is usually negatively affected.
3. Pay is what matters.
I do not believe that people go to work to earn money. It is not true. American Management Association studies reasons that people quit their jobs each year. They find that the pay is in the fourth or fifth spot in the rankings. The most common reason for low retention is poor relationships with supervisors and direct team members. This isn’t to say that pay isn’t important; however, when you depend upon it for keeping your team engaged, your business will suffer.
4. There aren’t any dumb questions, only dumb people.
It might be apparent to you. However, the obvious may not be apparent to everyone. A fresh perspective can provide a solution that is elegant. Consider every question with seriousness. “We’ve always done it that way” isn’t an acceptable answer. The answer that appears so straightforward can cause the team to concentrate on a particular process. Processes tend to be enshrined. When a process is challenged, there are times when it is beneficial by making sure to address the question with a thorough.
5. The other members of your team are not your acquaintances.
In certain competitive environments, teammates view their coworkers as adversaries. The intra-team rivalry is extremely harmful to the team’s effectiveness. The coworkers you work with don’t necessarily have to be your buddies. However, they’re not your adversaries. Join forces with your team members and be a force in the world. Participate in the team, and the world will take you down.
6. You are the Big Dog.
Every team has one leader. If you’re in an authority position and you don’t make use of the diverse nature of your team, it is likely that your team will not be successful. The leader might appear to be a “top dog,” but only in the title. Leaders who are effective use the talents of their whole team.
7. Initiative should be crushed.
The importance of uniformity is underrated. Team members are happy with the process of deciding to take action on a specific subject of their choice. Teams that are well-functioning allow members to explore areas of interest in the event that it does not interfere with their responsibilities as a team. Nobody knows what the next big thing will come from. Find a spot in your team that allows members to pursue their interests, and the next big idea could be a result of your team.
8. Self-doubt is not a valid factor in the mind of a Team Leader.
When you’re in a position that is a source of authority, be aware that you’re not suddenly become all-knowing. Be sure to scrutinize your choices thoroughly and especially when you’re receiving negative feedback. Accept your mistakes with confidence, and your coworkers will be grateful for your honesty.
9. Only you are able to comprehend the bigger picture.
This is a common mistake that team members make. I’ve been here for the longest, and I’m the one with the most advanced education level and the greatest knowledge or experience of all… I’m the only one who understands how to do this happen. The thing that makes teams perform is the contribution from all team members. If one person believes that they are only one are the only ones to understand the problem, The team suffers as a whole.
10. Do not listen to your team members.
I’m right, or smart or experienced, and don’t require the opinions of other team members. You might have been the one who had the most innovative idea for the previous initiative but does not get thinking that you don’t need the support of the team. Sometimes it’s the team member with little knowledge who is able to see the issue in a new method. Being attentive to everyone increases the likelihood that any issue (even the ones that may be hidden) can be addressed.
If you follow these ten easy steps, you can demolish your team in a matter of minutes. You can also learn from the mistakes made by others so that your team will go from being ordinary to exceptional.