No Need Assessment  

Teams are never similar. Each team is different, with distinct strengths and weaknesses. Any team development intervention must build on these specific strengths and address weaknesses. Without considering these elements, you run the risk of using a process that will be irrelevant or useless. It can result in lack of credibility for the process and the initiator, who is most probably you.

A comprehensive need analysis exercise should precede any team-building initiative. It is the first step in the process. If you are hiring an outside consultant, insist for a thorough team assessment as the first step. Without analysis, you will end up going nowhere.


Short Term Focus

Another significant reason for failure is the lack of a long-term strategy for team development. Managers often arrange for a retreat or team-building day-out without a precise knowledge of the long-range future for the team. That is the reason why a one-day exercise filled with fun usually results in a brief motivational spurt that rapidly declines. Many a time teams will highlight issues that cannot be solved during a single day. The result is more frustration and lack of credibility. As a leader, you must design a long-term strategy to nurture your team.


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Qaiser Abbas
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