5 Reasons Your Teaching Team May Be Dysfunctional By Peter DeWitt May 15, 2016

  1. Absence of Trust
    Not shocking. The absence of trust happens when people don't fully want to make themselves vulnerable to the group. When individuals in a group don't feel that they can fully trust those around them, the group is not really whole. There will be a major fracture in how the group moves forward, and may prevent the group from moving forward at all.
  2. Fear of Conflict
    This is a huge issue for many groups. There are members of stakeholder groups who do not like conflict, and they do everything they can to avoid it. This also happens when they don't trust that their input will be taken seriously.
  3. Lack of Commitment
    Lencioni writes that, "Without having aired their opinions in the course of passionate and open debate, team members rarely, if ever, buy in and commit to decisions, though they may feign agreement during meetings." If the initiative fails, they may be the ones who begin saying they never wanted it in the first place, although they never spoke up.
  4. Avoidance of Accountability
    It's not that all members of the group don't take accountability, although some may not, but this also means that groups members never feel comfortable "calling each other out" if those members are not fully engaged in the process. People stay in the "Land of nice" even though deep inside they may want to scream. Therefore, the work starts to fall on the shoulders of a small number within the group.
  5. Inattention to Results
    This happens when team members put their own ego, needs or career development before the focus of the team. Remembering that all of these go up a scale like Maslow's Hierarchy, it's easy to understand how someone gets to this point because their input was either ignored, or they never offered it in the first place because they lack trust. It also helps to illustrate that the focus that a team decides on really has to be strong, and there had to be open and honest dialogue on getting there.