Sometimes the results of team dysfunction are relatively innocuous. The team might just be a little slower or a little less rewarding than you would like. But in too many teams, the problems are more severe. People find themselves dreading a job they used to enjoy because their teammates are bickering, or rejecting new ideas, or simply not pulling their weight.
Let’s be honest: Some teams are toxic.
That kind of deep dysfunction doesn’t appear overnight. In a way, the unhealthy state of so many workplace teams mirrors the chronic illnesses in our society – both are the result of failing to do some simple, small things every day to maintain health. None of those individual steps seems terribly important on its own. It’s no big deal if I skip my workout today – and the world won’t end if I don’t contribute much at the meeting this week. But eventually, missing all of those small steps adds up to a big problem.
For individuals, it can mean diabetes or heart disease. For teams, it can mean turning into one of five types of diseased teams. And in both cases, once the problem is really serious, it takes a lot of time and energy to put things right.
Take the team diagnostic test to see if you are working with a toxic team.
Give yourself a point for each statement you believe or suspect is true. Total the points at the end of each section. Sections with four or more points should be cause for concern.
The Crisis Junkie Team
The Bobble Head Team
The Bleeding Back Team
The Spectator Team
The Royal Rumble Team
For more, download my new ebook Toxic Teams – Diagnosing your Team’s Dysfunction.