Earlier posts addressed the differences between two teams as they tried to get through the early stages of the team development process. Not that we’re psychic, but we suggested that the team with the less clear-cut vision would probably find itself struggling in the Storming Stage. Sure enough, that happened and that team’s next meeting has been postponed. Too bad. Some members were serious about their participation and hoped the team would move forward. The second team is still meeting and making progress.
Similarly, a while back we had another team take the Team Success Survey, and while the Summary Report showed the team in the Performing Stage, responses to specific questions on the Survey showed they were paying little attention to planning and goal setting. Shortly after reviewing the Summary report they reached a consensus on a target market and a strategy related to that market.
If you know of a team (with a minimum of four members) who seems to be challenged, we encourage them to take our free Team Success Survey and receive an equally free Summary Report. Both are objective and anonymous! If a team cannot identify a challenge, they aren’t going to be able to meet and overcome it. A link to the Team Success Survey is to the right.
PS: If you are not familar with the late J. Richard Hackman’s work on leading teams. You should make it a read.