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13 reasons why…. you should develop your team


If you’ve not heard of the Netflix series “13 reasons why” then where have you been hiding? It’s not the most calming of series, shall we say, but it makes a strong case for how wrong things can go from an amalgamation of small reasons.


The same can be said within teams. There may be lots working from the outside but often the small niggly things start to take their toll, add up and can cause havoc in no time.


Learning how to spot the signs early and take action to resolve it quickly is a great way to keep a team healthy.


Let’s explore 13 signs you might need to spend some time with your team and why working on these will make a difference.  Note – If you’ve seen “13 reasons why” then you may well recognise these…


Tape 1. People make assumptions

Avoid this by taking the time to understand each other and know what they are really all about. Doing this will improve relationships in the team.


Tape 2. People don’t get on

Tackle this by understanding each other better. This is often down to communication or working styles and understanding this can help identify the reasons and how to adapt better to each other.


Tape 3. Things don’t work as well as they could

If there’s room for improvement then work together to identify where and how this could be done. By exploring it as a team people will feel ownership over the final plan and more likely to enact it!


Tape 4. Lack of safety

Making people feel safe at work; whether physically or mentally will provide a good grounding for working together. It’s one of the basic needs of humans as described in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.


Tape 5. Mistakes happen – learn from them!

Take time out to explore what happened, why, what you’d do differently in future and if anything needs to change to avoid it happening again. This will help people to see mistakes as things to own up to and learn from rather than be fearful of admitting when things go wrong.


Tape 6. Bad behaviours

Change bad behaviours by helping people to understand the impact of these on others; often people don’t realise the impact they are having. This could be a behaviour the whole team have or could be different bad behaviours displayed by various people. If you only have one person who needs tackling, then don’t do this with the team – this is a one-to-one case.


Tape 7. Lack of feedback

Take time out to review and provide feedback, whether at a team, project or individual level. Feedback is a great way to encourage good behaviours & actions and tackle bad ones. Celebrate when things go well as part of this!


Tape 8. Taking others work and causing upset

Encourage collaboration within your team where people can share knowledge, skills and the results of them. Help them to celebrate each others successes and share in the wins.


Tape 9. Blame culture

No-one wants to work in a place where others don’t take responsibility for their own actions. Tackle this by setting a culture of honesty and trust where people feel safe to admit mistakes, take responsibility and learn from them.


Tape 10. People not looked after

People generally spend more time at work in a week than they spend sleeping! Put their wellbeing first so that work can be a place of enjoyment and safety.


Tape 11. There’s confusion of any kind

Tackle this head on and discuss what’s going on. Clear up any questions and work through any issues that arise.


Tape 12. There’s no trust

Trust is the most important thing in a team, without that you can’t build other key elements of team working (like open discussions, team commitment and accountability). Start building trust in the team and you’ll see things improve as a result.


Tape 13. People need help

Take time out to understand what help people need and when. It could be a one-off need at any one time, or an ongoing task that needs extra support. Build a culture where people can ask for help without feeling that it’s a weakness and where team members will offer their support to help in times of need.



If you recognise any of these signs in your team, then take action to fix them before it’s too late.


Think you need some help to get started? Drop me a message and let’s talk it through.

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