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

 

Here are three signs that collaboration has broken down on your team:

  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 ideas:

  • 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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