Characteristics of Ineffective Teams

We talk about characteristics of good and effective teams here a lot. You need to know the bad so that the good is recognized. So how do you know if your team is ineffective? Ineffective teams have no emotional attachment to the goal, are unfocused, experience communication lacks, and feel no sense of community.  Teams that are not working effectively together may display the characteristics listed below:


•    Lack of communication or camaraderie among team members.
•    There are no clear roles and responsibilities for the team members.
•    Just a few members of the team seem to dominate all decisions.
•    Team members work alone and rarely share information nor offer assistance.
•    Team members blame others for what goes wrong without accepting one's own responsibility.
•    Team members do not support others on the team or there are one or more group members who do not pull their own weight.
•    Team members are frequently absent thereby causing shifts in the work timeline, therefore creating additional work for their team members.

These conditions manifest themselves in high turnover and absenteeism, considerable frustration levels, poor communication, and intolerance. Hopefully there tips will help us all see the warning signs early enough in our own projects and teams to make the necessary changes to fix the situation before it’s too late. The sooner the team leader addresses issues and helps the team move to a more effective way of working together, the more likely the project is to end successfully. Teams experiencing any of  these characteristics may have little chance of success

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