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Chapter 2. The Barriers to Team Success > Poor Recognition and Rewards Programs - Pg. 22

The Barriers to Team Success 22 Team Achievements Programs to recognize entire reams are relatively new. Much has still to be learned from the expe- rience of companies that are experimenting with this. In Chapter 18 I look at some approaches and suggest some ideas that may be appropriate for your team. Do barriers exist that may impede your team's success? This quiz will help you identify some of them. Circle the answers that apply to your team: Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Members complain that they're not getting information they need when they need it. Team meetings bog down in interminable discussions and arguments over petty mat- ters Some members tend to dominate the team Team members don't listen to one another Some members never participate in discussions about team projects Poor performance of some team members slows down the work of the entire team. The amount of training in the soft skills is negligible The team leader micromanages most of the team's work Team goals are not clearly understood or accepted by some team members Individual achievement rather than team accomplishment is the basis of the company's reward and recognition program A "yes" answer to any of these questions is an indicator of a barrier your team must overcome if the team is to succeed. The Least You Need to Know · You don't shift from work groups to teams by an edict from top management. · Take "soundings" of your team to uncover hidden problems. · If the leader doesn't lead, the team can't follow. Worse, if the leader leads badly, the team will perform badly. · The effective leader does not micromanage the team. Micromanaging stifles creativity and independent thinking. · The concept of the team is based on the principle that its members all work together to achieve the desired results. · The basis for any relationship, on or off the job, is trust. If it is lacking, the team will never get off the ground. · Whether you are the team leader or a team member expressing your views, you have to be alert to how you come across to others. · Successful team leaders make it a point to listen to their members. · It's important to reward individual superior performance, but equally important to supplement, and some- times replace it, with rewards for team achievement.