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Teams: the uncomfortable truth

June 24, 2021

Are too many organisations paying lip service to the crucial role that teams play in driving performance? There seems to be a lack of urgency or action, with clients telling us that they know they need to spend more time focusing on their team, but that they don’t have the time or headspace. Tasks, project plans and to-do lists come first and the team is relegated to the bottom of the list.

This is a huge missed opportunity given the very real challenges facing organisations right now – a complex and ever changing world – and the role that teams will play in helping organisations navigate them.

 We uncovered some uncomfortable truths when we were researching our latest Purple Paper: A team-centred approach to organisational performance:

  • Almost 6/10 teams are underperforming
  • 75% of cross-functional teams are underperforming
  • 90% of teams claimed to be high performing, but only 17% met the high-performance criteria

References
59% teams underperforming – Thinkwise impact of team performance survey 2015
75% cross-functional teams are dysfunctional: HBR, Behnam Tabrizi 2015
Contagious success, Susan Annunzio (over estimated performance)

Those statistics are staggering, aren’t they? So we’re putting teams firmly at the top of the priority list and giving them the attention they deserve. Why don’t you join us?

Explore our latest Purple Paper: a team-centred approach to organisational performance, which is filled with thoughts, case studies and research on all things teams and leadership.

Or Contact us to find out how we can help you to start putting your team first.

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