The picture caught my eye — it reminded me of my novel, “Atonement, Tennessee”… but this is a great article on leadership.
Dead teams are dead and buried long before they admit it. They yearn for life. But, in the end, they just suck air until someone puts them out of their misery.
Raise your hand if you’ve been part of a team that was dead but wouldn’t admit it. Dead teams waste resources, lower morale, and propagate helplessness.
Teams die because they:
- Don’t act. Talk without action always kills teams
- Lie. Members go along to get along. They don’t tell each other the truth.
- Pretend. Every time you pretend you’re succeeding – when you aren’t – is another nail in the coffin.
- Forget. Compelling purpose was the reason you came together. Today, it’s just going through the motions.
- Outlive. Teams die when they outlive their purpose.
- Ignore. Elephants – taboo topics – live in every dead teams closet.
Teams are more about the people in the chairs than the project…
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