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Why Teams Fail and How to Avoid It Becoming A Disaster

Working with teams can be highly effective as most of your projects get accomplished in time. However, there are situations when the team you relied on no longer delivers according to your expectations. They miss the deadline, fail to accomplish the project, and the next thing is your firm is sinking to the ground.

Perhaps you keep on wondering what happened to your hardworking team. Below are the significant reasons that make teams fail and how to avoid it from ruining the firm you struggled to build. Overcoming such challenges can be scary and not easy to manage, but they are attainable.

Negative Competition

We understand that competition can make team members do their best, especially when the member gets rewards. So, if you have a scoreboard where every member is listed based on their achievements, it can boost your company. However, when there is unfair competition, your team members' morale will reduce, and the whole team will fail as a unit.

Poor Communication

I need that work submitted on Friday! Please let me see the work on Saturday. Any firm's success is based on reliable communication and clear understanding between the junior and senior staff. However, when you provide contrasting information, you will confuse your team, and you will start experiencing problems like missed deadlines, similar work being produced, and overlooked work.


How does your industry work? Must every team member get approval from the line manager whenever they are doing anything? Getting these approvals can take much of your time, thus slowing employees' productivity. A conducive workspace is where the team leaders trust in their team members and allow them to make the right decision and enquire from the boss if need be.

Unreasonable Expectation

A team is usually motivated because they can accomplish the task assigned in time and successfully. However, if you are the kind of manager who sets unrealistic targets and forces your team to accomplish them, you are behind your team's downfall. If the estimated project duration is two months, do not make it one month. Let your team have a reason to strive to accomplish the goals because they believe they can do it. It is also ideal to hear from the team before assigning them a task.

Criticism Without Praise

Managers out there believe that by criticizing their team members, the team will perform better. Well, that theory can hold if you also praise the members whenever they do well. To get the best out of your team and prevent failure, use constructive criticisms but remember that well-timed and generous praise will help the team grow while improving their morale.

Half-Hearted Work

How many members are in your team at their best? Is there one who spends more than half of their day on activities unrelated to the business goals? A member that does not work toward achieving the goal of the organization can discourage other team members. It is upon the manager to take to the members who do not give their best, and if they do not show the interest in changing their negative ways of doing things, then it is good to root them from the team.


Written by: Girish Rohra Chawla

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