7 Signs Your Team Has Trust Issues

WhatIfSlide1Do your team members trust each other?  How do you know?

Here are 7 signs that indicate there may be trust issues on your team.  If you notice any of the following behaviors, working to increase trust is a must for you, as a leader:

  1. Team members hide their weaknesses and mistakes from each other
  2. They hesitate to ask for help or to offer it.
  3. They neither seek nor provide helpful feedback to each other.
  4. They jump to conclusions or make assumptions about each other’s intentions.
  5. They fail to recognize and tap into others’ skills, experiences or perspectives.
  6. They judge each other unfairly.
  7. They hold grudges or avoid each other.

Without trust, team members fail to participate in the kind of constructive dialogue and debate that leads to the best solutions.  And without a willingness to engage in constructive conflict, it is difficult to gain the level of commitment and buy in to important decisions that need full support of the team.

Without full commitment, it becomes difficult to establish a level of joint accountability among team members because everyone is tied to their own idea.

Holding people accountable becomes the sole responsibility of the leader. This is not only terribly inefficient, but it also breeds politics.  And so it becomes a vicious cycle of non-trust.

Cohesive, high-performing teams build trust as a foundation to the kind of teamwork that creates a competitive advantage for the organization.

If you’d like to learn more about building trust with a cohesive high performing team in your organization, join me for my upcoming webinar:  Teamwork:  The Ultimate Competitive Advantage.  It’s FREE.  Just click here to register.

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How to Increase Team Accountability

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As a leader, knowing how to increase accountability among your team members is an important ability.

Members of cohesive, high-performing teams hold one another accountable, and they don’t rely on the leader to do so. Asking the leader to be the primary source of accountability is really inefficient and it breeds politics besides.

It is far more effective when team members go directly to one another and give frank, honest feedback.

How do you establish this kind of peer-to-peer accountability?  It is actually part of the continuum of building a cohesive, high-performing team, and there are three prerequisites to achieve this level of accountability:

  1. There needs to be a high level of trust among team members. This means they must be willing to be transparent and honest with one another, willing to openly admit mistakes, ask for help, and apologize easily.
  2. Team members must be willing and able to engage in constructive conflict. This includes open, unfiltered passionate debate about issues and ideas of importance to the team and organization. Only team members who truly trust each other are able to do this well.
  3. The ability to achieve commitment. Once team members have had an opportunity to share their different ideas and opinions without reservation, they are far more likely to buy in to a collective decision.

When everyone on the team is committed to a clear plan of action, they will be more willing to hold one another accountable.  Embracing this level of accountability will lead to bigger and better results in your organization. And as a leader, this level of teamwork makes your job easier and more enjoyable.

If you’d like to learn more about building a cohesive high performing team in your organization, join me for my upcoming webinar:  Teamwork:  The Ultimate Competitive Advantage.  It’s FREE.  Just click here to register.

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Teamwork – The Ultimate Competitive Advantage

I recently finished reading The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown.  It’s the story of “Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.”  And what a story!  Even though it’s early in the year, I know this book will be one of my favorite books of 2016, the same way you watch a movie early on and know it is destined for Oscar nominations.

Before reading this book, I knew nothing about crew and little about the importance of the ’36 Olympics in the context of the Nazi propaganda machine and the controversy about U.S. participation in the games.  This book is unforgettable portrait of that time, as well as a record of one person’s quest to overcome incredible odds to achieve something few of us can even relate to.

More than that, this is a book about teamwork and the exponential difference it makes in one’s ability to perform at levels beyond all expectations and accomplish things that no one would really believe possible.

If you’ve ever worked with an extraordinary team, you may have experienced the notion that some call “flow,” or “being in the zone.”  It’s the place where true synergy kicks in and the whole far exceeds the sum of its individual parts.  In rowing, this is referred to as “swing,” and when this crew achieves that level of performance, nothing can stop them.  The story is so well written that the reader feels that he or she is right in the boat with the boys.  And it’s a truly beautiful experience.

In business, this level of teamwork is transformational, and yet, it is also rare. Yet, it’s achievable!  I speak from personal experience, as one who has been part of such a team and as one who has had the privilege to lead such a team.  And now, I want to help you transform your team into a cohesive, high-performing, high-achieving team that gets the results you want.

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 It all starts with understanding what makes a team dysfunctional, so that you can avoid that, and exactly what it takes to turn your team into a competitive advantage for your organization.  I can’t think of a better time to share this with you than right now, as you are preparing to have your best year ever.

If you are serious about having—and leading—the best possible team in 2016, join me for my FREE Webinar:  Teamwork – The Ultimate Competitive Advantage. I look forward to seeing you there!

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