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The Uncomfortable Truth of Why Teams Fail

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What would you do if someone took credit for all your work, would you confront him or her risking a confrontation or not say anything at all, which would build up resentment?

It’s a surprising fact the reason why most new businesses fail is not because of product/market fit, finances or using the wrong technology, it’s because the team members do not get on with each other.

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The Uncomfortable Truth of Why Teams Fail

  1. 1. The Uncomfortable Truth Why Teams Fail Neil Patel
  2. 2. -Helen Keller “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."
  3. 3. It’s a surprising fact the reason why most new businesses fail is not because of product/market fit, finances or using the wrong technology, it’s because the team members do not get on with each other. What would you do if someone took credit for all your work, would you confront him or her risking a confrontation or not say anything at all, which would build up resentment?
  4. 4. On of the best books on this subject is called The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – by Patrick M Lencioni. Originally released in 2002 the author explains reasons why teams fail by telling a story about a new CEO facing a team is such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company.
  5. 5. This presentation explains the 5 main reasons why teams fail, some of this may be very obvious to you but in reality very difficult to implement.
  6. 6. 1. Absence of Trust ● Team members are not open with one another about their mistakes and weaknesses because of fear of reprisals. ● Results will not be achievable without trust in the team.
  7. 7. 2. Fear of conflict
  8. 8. 2. Fear of Conflict Team members feel uncomfortable when it comes to confrontation. By not confronting this situation, it can damage relationships in the long-term.
  9. 9. 3. Lack of Commitment If a decision needs to be made and certain team members have not been consulted or their opinion not even listened to, it will have a detrimental effect in reaching goals and targets.
  10. 10. 4. Avoidance of accountability Even the most focused and driven people often hesitate to call their peers on actions and behaviors that seem counterproductive to the good of the team.
  11. 11. 5. Inattention of results Failure to hold one another accountable creates an environment where team members put their individual needs or even the needs of their division above the collective goals of the team.
  12. 12. Ways to overcome this
  13. 13. Take each team members into a room and ask them what the goal and objectives of the project is, if you get five completely different views then is the problem and you know something’s not right. You then have to communicate to everyone within the rest of the organisation. 1. Make sure everyone is going in the right direction
  14. 14. In a recent podcast Tim Ferris the author of the best selling 4-hour work week and serial investor, has ways to check if he wants to work with a team before investing. He takes them for a drink to see if there is a fit. Also do they pass the shopping mall test i.e. if you saw this person in a shopping mall would you look the other way or greet them. He believes that if the investment does go wrong and most investments in start-ups do go wrong, do you really want to spend that time working with someone you don’t actually like. 2. The experts view
  15. 15. 3. Hackathons A great way to spend time with someone you are thinking of working with in the future is to attend a hackathon. A hackathon is a gathering where developers, designers, marketers and entrepreneurs come together to work on projects and come up with a business ideas over a short period of time, usually over a weekend. By spending a short and intense amount of time together is a great way of accessing each other strengths and weaknesses to see if there’s a good working relationships.
  16. 16. Final Thoughts
  17. 17. --Ken Blanchard "None of us is as smart as all of us."
  18. 18. Final Thoughts
  19. 19. If you work in a business or a start-up where things don’t always go the way you’d expect them. Read this book; making teams work involves a considerable investment of time and energy. Because as human beings we are complicated and flawed but by using this simple framework, it is possible you can get your team rowing in the same direction. By getting everyone working in the same direction you can monopolize any industry, in any market against any competition.
  20. 20. Thanks For watching & lets connect! Twitter @neilp666 www.neilpatel.co The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable - Patrick M. Lencioni http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0787960756/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

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