If your current experience of being part of a team is falling short of your expectations, the following self-diagnosing checklist may tell you why
The questions below correlate to the eight characteristics of successful teams listed in an earlier article. ‘Yes’ answers indicate that a team exhibits a particular characteristic while ‘No’ answers suggest an area where a team might focus its team building efforts.
Successful Teams Trouble Shooting Checklist
Does your team have a common vision, or mission statement, based on team values?
Do you and other team members understand why you are participating on the team?
Do you and other team members understand your team’s vision?
Do you feel the team’s vision is important?
Is your team’s vision based on shared values?
Do you and other team members feel sufficiently empowered to accomplish the team’s vision?
Do you and other team members understand where your work fits in the total context of the organization’s vision and values?
Does your team share common goals and take action to move towards these?
Do you feel responsible and accountable for team achievements?
Do you and other team members hold each other accountable for results?
Are rewards and recognition supplied when you and co-workers are successful?
Can you define your team’s importance in relation to the accomplishment of the organization’s goals?
Do you and other team members understand where your work fits in the total context of the organization’s goals?
Does your team demonstrate commitment to excellence?
Do you want to participate on the team?
Are you committed to excellence?
Is your team committed to excellence?
Are you and other team members committed to accomplishing the team vision and goals?
Do you expect your skills to grow and develop on the team?
Are you excited and challenged by the team opportunity?
Does your team communicate effectively with each other?
Do you and other team members communicate effectively with team leaders?
Are you clear about the priority of your tasks?
Do you and the other members of your team offer each other feedback and acknowledgement?
Do you and other team members communicate clearly and honestly with each other?
Do you and other team members feel there is a sense of genuine appreciation among the team?
Do you and other team members have an established method to give feedback and receive honest performance feedback?
Does your team collaborate / co-operate effectively to solve problems?
Do you and other members of your team work together effectively?
Do you and other members of your team approach goal setting and problem solving jointly?
Do you and other team members cooperate to accomplish the team vision?
Do you and the other members of your team identify and utilize the strengths of team members?
Do you and others team members feel that you have the knowledge, skill and capability to address the issues for which the team was formed?
If not, do you have access to the help you need?
Do you and other team members feel you have the resources and support needed to accomplish your vision?
Do you and other team members feel that you have the appropriate people participating on the team?
Do you and the other team members have a clear understanding of their role within the team and of others’ expectations?
Do you and other team members understand why your team was created?
Do you and other team members understand the roles and responsibilities of team members and team leaders?
Has executive leadership clearly communicated its expectations for your team’s performance and expected outcomes?
Focus your team building efforts, spend time and attention, on areas where you have answered negatively to ensure that you contribute most effectively to your team, and that your team contributes most effectively to the overall success.