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Obstacle #3 to Teamwork – Individuals focused on themselves and not the team (Teamwork Tuesday)

I asked the question on several LinkedIn Groups “What is so difficult about teamwork?” I received well over 200 responses. My intention was to rank each of them and then figure out ways we can create better teamwork.

Today we will discuss obstacle number three – Individuals focused on themselves and not the team.

  1. Lack of a competent leader (27)
  2. Lack of goals and goal alignment (26)
  3. Individuals focused on themselves and not the team (21)
  4. Lack of understanding of team members (20)
  5. Lack of clarity on team roles, the purpose or vision of the team (15)
  6. Lack of focus on team rewards and appreciation (12)
  7. Lack of spending time together as a team (9)
  8. Poor communication (8)
  9. Lack of trust (7)
  10. Lack of accountability (6)

So the question is how do we get people to think team instead of me? What have you done or seen others do? Maybe we can't do it? What do you think? Please scroll down and add your comments. Let’s discuss.

Mike Rogers
www.secondg.net
www.teamworkandleadership.com