Team Building – Overcoming Obstacles II

by Lesley

In the last blog I talked about overcoming obstacles in the team, this one will talk about personal barriers to having the perfect team.

Apart from the obvious problems a team faces, there are issues that individuals bring to work, mostly unaware of their presence or impact on everything; workmates, targets, sales and / or staff morale.

Almost everyone you meet has baggage, bringing past failures, poor communication or social skills, self-importance or low self-esteem into the working arena. What we have in common is that nearly everyone would like to improve themselves; some can’t afford to, while others don’t know where to look.  As I’ve already mentioned in the previous post, it is not the manager’s responsibility to personally develop each member of the team – but it is in their interest to do so.

A group of rounded, balanced individuals are more likely to achieve goals and hit targets; especially when they work together with a common understanding of what’s to be attained, how to go about it, which questions to ask and what gain or benefit there is, across the board.

In order to do this, team players must brush aside personal differences and communicate effectively, without barriers. They must also be able to work on their own initiative, building in flexibility when it’s needed but still work within the parameters of the team task.

When it’s time to think and act outside of the box, everyone involved should be included in the decision-making process. Then you’ll discover they’re behind you and the project every step of the way.

Getting to this point with any type of team can be pretty difficult; a mixture of past experiences and old habits can be hard to eradicate – but not impossible. With an open mind and a positive attitude, any team can be turned around – making it more productive and more profitable, as the group grows from individuals acting independently to a fully-fledged, crack team working together with a common purpose. Personal obstacles are left behind.

A team of people with generative skills are more confident and competent in their jobs, always generating ideas to improve a product or service – often finding solutions to the most complex of problems. These people will have pushed themselves already,  broken bad habits and be self-aware – conscious of their impact on others and the environment.

For those who haven’t yet reached the pinnacle in having a top team, breakthrough training has an array of benefits to help each person manage stress and develop empathy for their co-workers, including;

  • Re-evaluating personal power
  • Increased motivation
  • Increased and improved self-trust
  • Improved trust in co-workers
  • Improved communication
  • Improved problem-solving abilities
  • Improved personal efficacy
  • Improved output

In transformational training and team building, the focus shifts from the individual to the team and we work at a deep level on the ‘self’ throughout – inspired by  thought-provoking exercises and introspective questions.

Team games and activities play a vital part in helping your team to bond with new understandings of strengths and weakness – as well as providing the support we all need to achieve success.

Sharing experiences and supporting one another in these processes bring people closer together as they see how the challenges affect everyone  – and almost everyone wants to see their team-mates succeed.

When you have a team you can trust, there’s very little left to manage.


About Lesley

Lesley Rodgers has written 146 posts on this blog.

Personal Development Consultant and Confidence Coach. Lesley is also a committed Human Rights Activist with her heart firmly lodged in 'community' and collaboration.


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