Your team or business

The combined effect of a team will always be greater than the sum of the individual. But creating team synergy is easier said than done. However, it’s crucial for a successful business. Often, we spend more time with our team than anyone else, and they can be the main cause of our emotions, good and bad. Examples of situations that can cause team tension could be:

Your start-up team has grown and is out of control

Your business is successful. Your company has grown quickly, and the number of employees increased drastically. On paper, everything looks fine, but you suspect things are going to start to slip through your fingers. The culture in the office may be tense. You have a feeling everything is not as it should be but you’re not sure what the problem is or how to solve it. This makes you fear the situation will start to affect company performance.

Your team hiring process needs to improve

Growing too quickly is something a lot of tech start-ups struggle with. Limited resources mean little time for recruiting and the culture that made you a successful company in the beginning starts to slip away.

You tend to hire people that don’t fit in with your team but work well with you

We humans tend to hire people we like and have the skill set we need, rather than who suits the overall company culture. This is even more apparent in technology companies where skill sets are very specific and need to follow certain criteria. In times of growth, change is inevitable and often welcome. But for your workforce, it can be a challenging time, and frustrations about an individual’s way of working can rise to the surface. Time spent trying to solve conflict, rather than growing the business, can be costly and demotivating.

Project teams are unable to innovate

Not every individual is a born innovator. This isn’t to say that they can’t come up with ideas, but it may not be a natural trait. The importance for teams where high creativity is needed is to have a healthy mix of team members with different strengths working together to accomplish a shared goal.

Right people, wrong seats

Your team is a group of highly skilled and ambitious people and you can see a bright future for them. However, some employees are not performing to their full potential. This isn’t to say they do not belong within the organisation, but rather they are suited to a different role.

Your team has difficulties completing projects

Your team fails to complete one project before moving onto the next, and you don’t understand what the problem is. When you ask them, they come up with excuses and start accusing their colleagues of not playing their part.

You have too many coaches and not enough players

Your team can never agree on anything, and everyone has their own agenda, making meetings time-consuming, and it can become impossible to reach a conclusion. They’re all vital to the business and work hard but together they create more problems than they solve.