What Can Go Wrong In Teams

Question:

My universtiy class is called Communication in Small Groups and Teams. We were asked this question in class, and so I thought I would ask you. The question is, “What can go wrong in teams?”

Signed,

Wondering


Answer:

Dear Wondering:

You will probably gain better insight on that topic by finding a college level text or business text that discusses the question.

Some quick responses are these:

1. There is strong inequity in the amount contributed by each team member. 2. Some members feel more empowered than others. 3. The head of the team (coordinator) does a poor job, with the result that some team members feel unsupported or the team loses sight of their goal. 4. The team isn’t clear what their goal should be. There are undoubtedly many things that go wrong, but those are some of the most common things I have observed. Best wishes to you!

Tina Lewis Rowe