Article published in Real Business, October 2015:

There are ten common team challenges that you are likely to encounter when you work in, or lead, a team.

The busy-ness of day-to-day business means problems are often brushed aside with the hope that they will just disappear, which they rarely do.

Be proactive instead. Whichever of these you face, address them and create a successful team.

(1) Lack of trust 

Trust is crucial to teamwork, and it starts with team members knowing each other. Team members absolutely need to know each other, both professionally and personally. Otherwise they won’t understand each other and they won’t want to engage because they haven’t made that human connection – and they won’t fully trust each other.

(2) Conflict and tension

Conflict, a difference of opinion, can be healthy and if carefully managed it can trigger useful debates. It can make people think differently, expanding knowledge and insight, and innovation can happen and results flourish. Different opinions are not a bad thing. It’s how we handle the conflict that makes a difference.

(3) Not sharing information

Knowledge is not power. Teams members all bring their unique set of skills, knowledge, experience and wisdom to the table. Effective teams fearlessly share regularly and generously for the benefit of everyone. This makes the capability of the whole team grow and gives the team more power.

Read the rest of the article in Real Business