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Obstacle #2 to Teamwork – Lack of Goals and Goal Alignment (Teamwork Tuesday)

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Two weeks ago 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 two – lack of goals and goal alignment.

  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)

Why is it a problem when a team lacks goals? Is it enough for a team to simply say these are our goals? In order for those goals to have a positive effect on the team, what is required? What can organizations and team leaders do to ensure goals are aligned?

Okay those are just a few questions to think about. Maybe you have more. Let’s start the discussion. I am looking forward to it.

Mike Rogers