When Teamwork Goes Wrong

More than ever, thanks to the impacts of the pandemic on the way we work, people are realising the importance of human interaction at work. Not only is it vital to collective endeavour, it has a major bearing on how we feel, our motivation and ultimately our effectiveness. Human interaction is especially important to create a well-functioning team, which are the building blocks of every organisation.

Teamwork is fundamental to the success of any organisation – we all know that, and we naturally assume teamwork will work for us. When it doesn’t we get despondent and wonder why the people around us aren’t meeting our expectations: if only they would our lives would be so much easier!

Most organisations are set up as teams of teams, and whilst failure in any of those teams poses a threat to the entire operation, the top team is where the pressures are usually greatest and the consequences of poor teamwork are most dangerous to both performance and morale.

What does bad teamwork look like? Blame culture, selfish behaviour, internal tensions, mediocre performance, lack of focus and accountability, disrespect and disloyalty are just some of the features that will let down a team. These blemishes can certainly be rectified but become highly corrosive and much harder to reverse if left unchecked.

Whilst it usually falls to team leaders to make these changes, it’s really the duty of any team member to call for improvement. If that’s not easy to do it says something about your team dynamic.

At Amicus we know that the key to success is a united team and businesses the word over have felt the effects of their team dynamics more than ever in 2020. Designed by Sir Peter Wall and Jennifer Carnegie, our Team Cohesion programme provides clear, action orientated solutions to create a cohesive and resilient senior team. In this workshop we look into your purpose, the clarity of your plans, the effectiveness of your communication, relationships between your team members and the internal workings of your team, including its behavioural make up.

We help you make plans to reinforce your strengths and improve any shortcomings, so that you increase trust and confidence both across the team and with the rest of the organisation. If you have any doubts about the performance or credibility of your team get in touch now.