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Dysfunctional Teams

I was interested to read some recent research that shows that 75% of cross functional teams are dysfunctional. My first question was what are the signs that would indicate that a team is dysfunctional? There are some clear measures. Teams are dysfunctional when they fail on at least three of the following five criteria:

  1. Meeting a planned budget.
  2. Staying on schedule.
  3. Adhering to specifications.
  4. Meeting customer expectations; and/or
  5. Maintaining alignment with the company’s corporate goals.

So I wonder, against these clear criteria, what level of dysfunction is to be found in your teams? In today’s complex and rapidly changing world, teams are more and more important. A team is the greatest multiplier of individual skill and effort that there is, unless it is dysfunctional, of course, in which case it reduces rather than multiplies effort and skill. Organising and leading teams takes specific systems, skills, and disciplines. Do you need to upgrade yours?

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