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Eight Challenges that teams often encounter, subtleties that lead to powerful distinctions – passcodes that cannot be easily broken and unlocked by others.

1. Absence of team identity

Trust requires connection. It is trust that ultimately leads to higher engagement as it moves up the cultural hierarchy of need: “an enhanced level of engagement results.” Trust inspire-ables engagement. A pattern of this becomes distinctive within the culture of an organization; it becomes a sacredly embraced standard of excellence that becomes the company’s competitive edge, as it ultimately grows into a unique combination of attributes that cannot be easily replicated or replaced. At that point, its not even about the competition as the culture has transcended the need to compete and becomes highly purpose driven. Culture is built upon language, which is built upon words.

2. Difficulty making decisions

Think about the difference between collaboration and cooperation. Decision making is multi- directional. “You wish to hear as much as you speak.” The word hear in itself implies that the listener is taking in the words, the meaning behind them, the emotion, the perspective of the speaker… it is much more than just listening! And truly hearing is a key to successful decision making in any setting.

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3. Challenges relating to Poor communication

When there is no communication regarding a problem, whether it be in your personal or professional life, you can’t address the problem and try to fix it then. We should be aware that communication is the crucial factor for team understanding and strengthens group sense. Tools helping bridge communication gaps. Tools have come a long ways – Skype/Slack for business, Bluejeans for video conferencing, Socialcast are some of the good ones.

4. Inability to resolve conflicts

Listening and respecting all colleagues inside and outside the team are key to success within every organization. how to have effective meetings, whether in person, virtual, or electronic, to actually make decisions and reach a team consensus rather than just inform. No one enjoys being left in the dark; the team aspect of leadership can never be underappreciated. Fact sheets, long PowerPoint decks, instruction manuals. Sometimes what we need to drive a point home is simply a story. Stories resonate with listeners, and can make giving a presentation easier. Think about it. You probably can remember a beloved childhood story early word for word, even if you haven’t read it in years. But the sales data from yesterday’s meeting? Already a little fuzzy, right?

Related: 5 ways to Demonstrate Office Empathy

5. Lack of participation

When employees are motivated, they are excited to show up to work every day. When they’re not motivated, it’s a different story. The key to a productive workforce is having motivated employees. Unfortunately, that’s often easier said than done. Emphasize on making people feel invested may be the key idea!

6. Lack of creativity

Creativity should be continuously built and maintained through four hands: employees pitch in with their talent and energy while employers provide them with the optimal circumstances for high-performance behaviors to flourish.

7. Groupthink (unwilling or unable to consider alternative ideas or approaches)

Thoughtful leaders tell their team mates easy to remember stories and they do not complicate the subject in hand. Once the subordinate are sure that their leader own them in the real sense of the words, miracles happen. Managers should rise to the occasion and embrace the opportunity to play an essential part in their team’s motivation. Withdrawing from the picture and treating motivation as a 100% employee-owned trait will surely not help them with that. Thoughtful Leaders Accomplish Business

8. Ineffective leadership

To borrow from Maxwell’s playbook, “everyone communicates, few connect”. When a leader touches a heart before asking for their hand, you solve those above 7 issues listed in the text! If your organization is challenged by any of these 8 failures, make some changes right away as drastic as the removal of entire leadership team.

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