How Not to Foster Team Development

by Mel Hensey, P.E., (F.ASCE),

Part of: Collective Excellence: Building Effective Teams


I almost didn't write this chapter. But every week brings to light new situations in which executives, leaders, groups, and members, sometimes well intended, actually hinder team spirit or teamwork. In addition to doing things to facilitate teamwork, it is also necessary to avoid doing things that lessen the teamwork of a group. In many cases, people are unaware of their team-destructive actions or words that undermine their hopes for having an effective high-performing team. Some of this sabotage is subtle; some is obvious, at least to others. In many cases, these problems continue because of a lack of honest feedback to team members, particularly to leaders from their staff.

Subject Headings: Team building


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