Are you stuck in a sheep cyclone?

Are you stuck in a sheep cyclone?

This is what teamwork and collaboration looks like at its best:

This is what it looks like at it’s worst:

Here are three signs you are stuck in a collaboration sheep cyclone:

  1. You have a recurring meeting and the agenda items haven’t changed in over a month
  2. You propose a ridiculous idea as a joke and at least 1 person says “great idea”
  3. Your results don’t change even though everyone is “working hard”

What do you do to break out of the cycle?  Here are some things to try – I’d love to hear what works for you!

  • Cancel Meetings – The best way to get out of a rut caused by meetings is to cancel them and then reform (if you need to) with a fresh agenda and a new set of goals.
  • End a Failing Initiative – Sometimes a project has died but no one wants to admit it.  Take a hard look at your team’s portfolio and if you identify a failed project, reboot it if it has to get done or get rid of it if it’s just wasting everyone’s time and sucking the energy out of your team..
  • Try a Change of Scenery – Schedule an offsite and get everyone up out of their chairs and into a fresh perspective.  Revisit your goals and how they are aligned with the organization.

Now it’s your turn – what breaks you out of a sheep cyclone?

 

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