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Working with Teams – Negative Traits

Here are some of the negative personality that a entire team or a team member may exhibit.  You might run into when working with teams.  You may fall into one of these patterns and not realize it.  If you recognize them early, you can avoid a lot of trouble.

The Quick Answer – settling for a quick answer can get you out of meetings faster, but it may not get you the best or even a good answer.  I have seen this happen many times.  A team convenes, discusses issues in a rushed environment and make a quick decision that seems to alleviate the problem or make progress. But progress soon stagnates and the problem returns.

Analytical Lock Down – opposed to the situation that may generate a quick answer is the way a team might get locked into analyzing things to death.  Gathering and analyzing data is part of any decision that a team makes, but sometimes teams get stuck in over-thinking issues.  They just can’t seem to make a decision.  They just keep asking for more info or wait for more info to come along.  Sometimes the due date passes before they make a decision and so the issue is addressed by others.  This is not good.

Forgetting the Purpose – Teams can often wander away from the original goal of why they were created in the first place.  They find new and expanded focus that was not part of the charter at the beginning.  Remind people why the team exists at regular intervals.

Don’t let your team or yourself fall prey to these traits that can derail your progress.  More to come.

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