Teams Work Best with a Common Goal
Teams work best with a common goal should be a clearly understood requirement for team leaders. However, for various reasons a common goal is not used as it should be used. There are a couple of reason for lacking a common goal within work teams.
First, no one brings up the actual goal for a team. Many times the discussions within a team are about activities, tasks, and to do’s. They leave out the most important part that clarifies direction for the teams operational results.
Second, no one can agree upon one goal for the team. Each person defines their role within the team based upon what they want to do or whatever is their personal agenda. Therefore, the team is splinted and moving toward different goals – usually conflicting goals which pulls apart a team. The biggest ego usually wins the day and many are left feeling left out or purposeless.
Third, a goal has been set by one person either inside or outside the team, yet, has not shared the goal with anyone working on the team. Therefore, misalignment or a lack of focus wins the day. The leader who does not share the overall common goal is undermining the performance of the team. This factor also eliminates or reduces any discussion by the team members about the target. Therefore, individual and team commitment is lowered – again reducing the level of performance of the team.
Common goals are just that – known as the common target for the team. It should be fully discussed and all positions or agendas should be placed upon the table. Open discussion creates commitment and buy-in by the team members allowing for higher levels of performance and results. A side note to the open discussion – better results, expectations and methodology for results are usually created using open discussion and listening to each members points of view.
Teams need a common goal for clear focus and execution for attainment. Team leaders need to start a team project with open discussion about the common goals and listen to the alternatives for results. Sometimes the unexpected results or path becomes clear using open dialogue.
If you are looking for better understanding of team dynamics and the use of common goals within teams, contact the InnerActive Consulting Group at 901-757-4434. Ask for Voss Graham when you call.
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