Building a Dysfunctional Team - Team Series #2

Last week, we discussed the characteristics that set functional teams apart and how to build your own. In part two of this series, we explore the opposite: what makes a team dysfunctional and how to recognize the signs of one in your own organization. Some of the things that we discuss include why trading short-term discomfort for long-term discomfort is often counterproductive, the top characteristics of leaders who produce dysfunctional teams and the root of the dysfunctional behavior itself. Join us to learn how to identify these behaviors in your team and correct them so that you can cultivate a team culture where creativity, innovation and group cohesion thrive.

“The best way to measure if a team is dysfunctional is at the end of a meeting, do you feel invigorated or do you feel depleted?”


What we discuss in Episode 45:

1:26     What makes a team dysfunctional and why dysfunctional teams exist despite their shortcomings.

9:50    Why innovation requires a functional team culture to thrive.

11:09    Characteristics of dysfunctional leaders and how they impact the team as a whole.

18:18    Signs to watch out for in teams that point to a lack of cohesion and effectiveness.

23:20   Practical steps that anyone can take to bring their team back into alignment.

25:42   The root of dysfunctional team behavior and how it relates to unprocessed emotions.


**Full transcript coming soon! Check back HERE for the link.**

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Building a Functional Team - Team Series #1

Every functional team is context-dependent on some level. Functionality looks different for a team of Navy Seals than it does for a team at a food processing center. However, there are qualities that all functional teams share. How are you meeting your goals and achieving results relative to other teams in your field? How much do people enjoy being a member of your team? How much do you trust that you will be seen, heard and respected when showing up as your authentic self? Tune in and learn more about what a functional team embodies and how to build your own.

“I’ll go into teams and one of the things I’ll do immediately is ask everyone what they want from a team and they almost always agree on everything. Everybody really wants the same thing. If you start owning your wants and you start creating the vision of what you want the team to be, whether you are the head of the team or not, it doesn’t matter. Everybody wants it.”


What we discuss in Episode 44:

1:15     The different types of functional teams and qualities that they all share.

7:05     Ways to determine whether your team is operating functionally.

11:50    Why trust is the foundation of a successful team and how to cultivate it.

18:42    The importance of putting the power of decision-making into the hands of the people who are contributing to the solution.

24:10    Ways to measure the success of a functional team and how it is context dependent.

31:57    Cultivating a team culture where people are encouraged to speak up and why it matters.


**Full transcript coming soon! Check back HERE for the link.** Follow us on Instagram at @artofaccomplishment to learn more about our guests and share your own experiences.