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Lack of Commitment is one of the five team dysfunctions. In this case, team members have not bought into the team goals, or they don’t understand those goals.
Lack of Commitment
Lack of Commitment is one of the five team dysfunctions. In this case, team members have not bought into the team goals, or they don’t understand those goals. The team is unable to make decisions, they lack confidence, and they are afraid of failure because they don’t understand what success is.
When to use
When team performance and cohesion is lacking, analyse the team for the five dysfunctions. If there is lack of commitment, apply the corrective actions to build commitment.
To address the team dysfunction of Lack of Commitment, you must be able to recognize this condition. The table below contrasts teams that are committed with those that lack commitment.
Tools for Overcoming Lack of Commitment
The following tools are commonly used by teams to overcome a lack of commitment.
- Cascading Messages: When the decision is made, agree about whataspects of the decision must be communicated to others.
- Decision Deadlines: Establish when a decision will be made, then make it with whatever information and insight is available.
- Contingency Triggers and Worst Case Scenario Analysis: Understanding the impact of all options makes it easier to commit.
- Low Risk Exposure Therapy: Require a team to make a decision based upon discussion alone (no external research) on a low risk decision to practice making decisions and committing.
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