Some time ago I reviewed one of the Harvard Business Review Pocket Mentor books titled, Managing Teams (you can read that review here). I revisited the book and identified four key ideas to curate from the book. These ideas describe four obstacles that can hamper team effectiveness and how to overcome them. I have briefly described them below:
- The obstacle of low participation where team members don’t participate wholeheartedly in team meetings and activities.
- The obstacle of poor communication when teams communicate poorly and prevent the team from achieving its goals.
- The obstacle of ineffective team leadership when the team leader is the obstacle because they don’t lead the team properly.
- The obstacle of destructive conflict where teams are experiencing the type of conflict that has negative impacts on the team.
These are four key issues that team leaders and managers cannot overlook and the book gives some great ideas on how to tackle them. Regarding my vision for Justbookideas, I am turning the four ideas into a learning tool that consists of a book summary and group session that anyone can use to teach others about the four obstacles and how to overcome them. So please watch the space.